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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brenda Chandler
Nancy Breyers
Danny Gerard ...
Ed Tallent
John Christopher Jones ...


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 »


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

5 October 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

24 Stunden in seiner Gewalt  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)


$2,742,912 (USA)

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The movie dropped the word "The" from Joseph Hayes' source 1955 classic film screenplay, 1954 novel and 1955 play's "The Desperate Hours" title. See more »


Cop: [Brenda warned her agents to not fire at the house, but she wasn't heard and they fired anyway. A cop tries to rescue her] Are you hurt?
Brenda Chandler: Only in my ego!
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Worst Films of 1990 (1991) See more »


Performed by Cindy Bullens
Written by Cindy Bullens
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Mickey Rourke and Anthony Hopkins - winning combination!
30 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am a big Mickey Rourke fan from his string of hits in the 80's. I kind of fell off the bandwagon during the 90's, finding his choice of films to be somewhat uninspiring. Still a great actor, just seemed to be having some trouble picking quality projects. Seeing 'Sin City' brought me back (great role, great acting, great film!), so I picked up 'Desperate Hours' and watched it last night. While the supporting characters could have been better written (Kelly Lynch & Mimi Rogers' characters fell flat), the scenes between Rourke & Anthony Hopkins were wonderful! Elias Koteas as Rourke's brother was forgettable, but David Morse's character of Albert was very interesting. Somewhat like a big dumb 'Lenny' to Rourke's 'George'. Like another reviewer I was reminded of Humphrey Bogart's 'Duke Mantee' in the 1936 film 'Petrified Forest', but Rourke's 'Michael Bosworth' was a little more homicidal and more of a loose cannon. If you like Rourke & Hopkins, you will enjoy watching 'Desperate Hours.'

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