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Desperate Hours (1990)

 -  Thriller | Crime | Drama  -  5 October 1990 (USA)
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An escaped con on the run from the law moves into a married couple's home and takes over their lives.

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Kyle
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Michael Bosworth is a psychotic criminal who is about to go on trial however, he seduces his lawyer into helping him escape. But as they try to make their getaway, she's left behind. He decides to wait for her to come to him, so he decides to hide at the house of the Cornells. Now it appears that the Cornells have problems of their own. The husband and wife are separated. And there's an FBI agent after them who is using the lawyer to lead them to Bosworth. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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The original Broadway production of "Desperate Hours" written by Joseph Hayes opened on February 10, 1955 at the Ethel Barrymore Theater and ran for 212 performances. The author also wrote the novel and collaborated on the screenplay. See more »

Quotes

Michael Bosworth: Everything's under control. Timmy's got the idea.
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BREAKIN' THE CHAIN
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Written by Cindy Bullens and David Mansfield
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A "Desperate" one "Hour" and forty-five minutes....
5 December 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Once, Michael Cimino was a great director. Now, he's just a Hollywood joke.

Why?

Here's a good example.

"Desperate Hours" is a remake of a similar movie which starred Humphrey Bogart. I've never seen the original. Wish I could say the same about the remake.

Rourke plays the mad dog killer this time out, who is on the lam with his attorney (Lynch, who should probably sue Cimino for defamation of character) and holes up with his cronies in the house of a distant man (Hopkins) and his equally distant family. Screams, fights, violence and blood all share equal screen time.

Then Crouse shows up to head the manhunt for Rourke and every last shred of belief jumps out the window to escape her. Are FBI agents really this stupid? Don't they have entrance exams? Isn't it against the law to endanger innocent peoiple just to capture an escaped convict? Isn't it? Didn't Cimino and his writers suspect as much?

Wait, I forget: this is the same man who made "Heaven's Gate".

This is, without a doubt, one of the most blatantly stupid, tasteless, egomaniacal trips through Idiot-Land I've even seen since "Dumb and Dumber". But at least THAT one was supposed to be funny.

No stars. Not a one. Watching "Desperate Hours" is like witnessing a car accident, only more painful and with more victims.


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