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Desperate Hours (1990)

An escaped con, on the run from the law, moves into a married couple's house and takes over their lives.

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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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5 October 1990 (USA)  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

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The film was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor, Mickey Rourke for this movie and Wild Orchid (1989), but lost out to Andrew Dice Clay for The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990). See more »

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Michael Bosworth: Everything's under control. Timmy's got the idea.
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FIGHT FOR ME
Performed by Cindy Bullens
Written by Cindy Bullens and David Mansfield
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Desperate is right!
28 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

Horrible remake of a Humphrey Bogart film. Mickey Rourke plays a criminal who escapes from jail with help from his lawyer (Kelly Lynch). He decides to hide out in the house of a heavily dysfunctional family (played by Mimi Rogers, Anthony Hopkins and Shawnee Smith). Lindsay Crouse pops up as a police chief trying to capture him.

I caught this in a theatre back in 1990 and, try as I might, I can't forget how TERRIBLE this film was! Director Michael Cimino frankly can't direct. "The Deer Hunter" was a fluke. After that he did "Heaven's Gate", "Year of the Dragon, "The Sicilian" and this--all box office bombs. The direction in this is beyond belief. Badly lit, terribly staged and weird camera angles. He single-handedly destroys any visual quality the film might have had. The plot is bad--full of loopholes and bad dialogue. The acting couldn't be worse. You have talented actors like Lynch, Rogers and especially Hopkins giving their all time worst performances. Rourke and Crouse never could act so their bad acting is expected. Worst of all was Smith. She is so incredibly annoying you'll be rooting for Rourke to shoot her dead! This was quickly forgotten and (thankfully) has stayed that way. Avoid.


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