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Desperate Hours (1990)

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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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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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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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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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)

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$2,742,912 (USA)
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Third and final film [to date, May 2014] featuring Mickey Rourke and directed by Michael Cimino. The earlier films had been Heaven's Gate (1980) and Year of the Dragon (1985). See more »

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Michael Bosworth: Everything's under control. Timmy's got the idea.
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Remake of The Desperate Hours (1967) See more »

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FIGHT FOR ME
Performed by Cindy Bullens
Written by Cindy Bullens and David Mansfield
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Laughably bad
18 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

Cimino is a hack.

There, I said it. Deal with it.

So he gets lucky with one film, The Deer Hunter - having great actors like De Niro, Steep and Walken doesn't hurt. But Desperate Hours is like a High School film project - only worse.

It is terribly put together with jump cuts, poor camera angles and perspective, terrible continuity, poor story, time-frame mismanagement, unbelievable plot holes and poor characters.

The action sequences are a joke too. For example, one minute you have squads of highly trained and armed professionals who literally can't shoot the bad guys right in front of them with automatic weapons. Then a couple of scenes later said professionals now all have red-dot sights all over bad guys and can shoot with pinpoint accuracy - all in the very same location as the scene before. Stupefying.

I could go on and on with the problems in many scenes but I have better things to do. Like count the number of piles in my living room carpet.

Bottom line: Desperate Hours is one of those movies that's so bad it becomes an unintentional comedy.


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