Desperate Hours (1990)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  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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Nancy Breyers
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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 <>

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Who is stronger? A psychopath who feeds on terror? Or a father driven by fear? Only time will tell. See more »


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5 October 1990 (USA)  »

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24 Stunden in seiner Gewalt  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)


$2,742,912 (USA)

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Joseph Hayes, the film's source novelist and playwright of both the 1954 novel and 1955 play, also wrote the screenplay for the original classic 1955 Humphrey Bogart film The Desperate Hours (1955) and also co-wrote the script for this 1990 version. Hayes won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Motion Picture Screenplay for the screenplay for the original 1955 The Desperate Hours (1955) film. See more »


Michael Bosworth: I'll be outta here in less than an hour.
Tim Cornell: What about us?
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Version of 36 Ghante (1974) See more »


Performed by Cindy Bullens
Written by Cindy Bullens and David Mansfield
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Well done, sometimes tense and sometimes exciting thriller
14 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

Michael Bosworth is on trial and clearly not a nice man in the courtroom. When he goes to another room to talk with his beautiful lawyer Nancy, he steals a gun she has hidden under her skirt (how anything can be hidden under THAT skirt is a mystery) and escapes, joining his brother and another man.

Meanwhile, Tim Cornell, a lawyer whose family lives in a nice house, is trying to make peace with his wife Nora after an affair, but she is convinced the marriage is over and she is in the process of selling the house, as the sign out front makes clear. Bosworth and his associates show up and take the family hostage, and they use whatever information they can find for their benefit.

There are several exciting scenes in the beautiful wilderness of what is said to be Utah. Nancy is chased because she is suspected of helping Bosworth, though exactly what happened with that chase is not clear. We only see what happened later. And the process of finding out what happened to Bosworth is fasscinating.

Mickey Rourke does a good job, thoroughly evil in court but calm and almost kind with the family most of the time. Anthony Hopkins also delivers, keeping his cool throughout most of the ordeal and coming across as intelligent and even caring. Mimi Rogers did a great job as well playing Nora. Despite their problems, it was clear this was a loving family and they all cared about each other.

This is not a particularly violent movie, though at least one person does die. This is more of a psychological thriller than a Schwarzenegger action movie, though at one point a comparison to an action movie would make sense.

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