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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
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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Michael Bosworth is looking for a place to call home... Just for a few hours. See more »


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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 film was made and released about thirty-five years after its source play "The Desperate Hours" by Joseph Hayes had been first performed in 1955. See more »


Tim Cornell: You never trusted me before. You have to trust me now.
Michael Bosworth: I blow her head off, Timmy.
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Remake of The Desperate Hours (1967) See more »


Performed by Cindy Bullens
Written by Cindy Bullens and David Mansfield
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Strangely Hypnotic
9 July 2002 | by (Columbus, Ohio) – See all my reviews

A peculiar piece of entertainment, Michael Cimino's Desperate Hours feels rather odd for a number of reasons. Not the least of which is the off kilter performance of Lindsay Crouse as the FBI agent from another galaxy. Was that lady weird or what? I couldn't understand 50% of what she said throughout this very watchable mess of a movie. Not surprisingly, Cimino's pacing is somehow frustrating and gripping at the same time. This aspect of his films seem to linger in my memory for awhile. Fans of Kelly Lynch should realize that she's topless for much of her screen time. Finally, I found the score to be very unique in flavor. Most movies of this type have a dark, menacing soundtrack. The music here is often lush,ethereal sentimental even. Not much tension sustained, but this alternates nicely with the over the top performances of Rourke, Rogers and Hopkins. All in all I think this an enjoyable flick for those looking for something slightly different in their suspense movie.

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