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Desperate Hours -- 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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5 October 1990 (USA) See more »
At the height of fear every moment is a desperate hour See more »
An escaped con on the run from the law moves into a married couple's home and takes over their lives. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Mickey Rourke ... Michael Bosworth

Anthony Hopkins ... Tim Cornell

Mimi Rogers ... Nora Cornell

Lindsay Crouse ... Brenda Chandler

Kelly Lynch ... Nancy Breyers

Elias Koteas ... Wally Bosworth

David Morse ... Albert

Shawnee Smith ... May Cornell
Danny Gerard ... Zack Cornell

Gerry Bamman ... Ed Tallent

Matt McGrath ... Kyle
John Christopher Jones ... Neff

Dean Norris ... Maddox

John Finn ... Lexington

Christopher Curry ... Chabon
Stanley White ... Devereaux
Peter Crombie ... Connelly
Ellen Parker ... Kate
Elizabeth Ruscio ... Judge
Kenneth Bass ... Repairman

Mike Nussbaum ... Mr. Nelson
Ellen McElduff ... Bank Teller
Brittney Lewis ... College Girl
Lise Wilburn ... College Girl
Ron Bird ... Reporter
Alexis Fernández ... Reporter
Bob Evans ... Reporter

James Rebhorn ... Prosecutor

Michael Flynn ... Ornita
Jeff Olson ... Coogan
Robert Conder ... Trooper (as Robert Condor)

George Sullivan ... Sniper
Robert Rowe ... Sniper
Daniel Cussiter ... SWAT Team Member
Gary Flener ... SWAT Team Member
Richard Hernandez ... SWAT Team Member
Gary Parker ... SWAT Team Member
James Thorton ... SWAT Team Member
Bradley Leatham ... Police Detective
Brian James Anderson ... Coroner
Matthew Rangi Brown ... Security Guard at Bank
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc ... Police Pilot (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Cimino 
Writing credits
Joseph Hayes (novel)

Joseph Hayes (play)

Lawrence Konner (screenplay) &
Mark Rosenthal (screenplay) and
Joseph Hayes (screenplay)

Produced by
Michael Cimino .... producer
Dino De Laurentiis .... producer
Martha De Laurentiis .... executive producer (as Martha Schumacher)
Mel Dellar .... line producer
Bruce Rubenstein .... assistant producer
Original Music by
David Mansfield 
Cinematography by
Douglas Milsome  (as Doug Milsome)
Film Editing by
Christopher Rouse 
Casting by
Mary Colquhoun 
Production Design by
Victoria Paul 
Art Direction by
Patricia Klawonn 
Set Decoration by
Crispian Sallis 
Costume Design by
Charles DeCaro 
Makeup Department
Allan A. Apone .... makeup artist
Allan A. Apone .... makeup effects supervisor
Alberto Fava .... makeup artist
Susan Germaine .... hair stylist
Barbara Lorenz .... hair stylist
Bob Mills .... makeup artist (as Robert James Mills)
Edward Ternes .... makeup artist
Production Management
Mel Dellar .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tony Adler .... second assistant director
Thomas Brutschi .... trainee assistant director
Brian W. Cook .... first assistant director
Alan Edmisten .... second assistant director
Carl Goldstein .... assistant director
Michael Neumann .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Wendy K. Fischer .... assistant set decorator
Byron King .... set designer
Tom Lindblom .... set designer
Brian Lives .... set dresser
Bill Luckey .... property master (as Bil Luckey)
James T. Woods .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
Bill W. Benton .... sound re-recording mixer
Marty Church .... adr mixer
Jay M. Harding .... sound re-recording mixer (as Jay Harding)
Jack Kirschner .... sound editor
James J. Klinger .... supervising sound editor
Horace Manzanares .... assistant sound editor
Martine Mory .... adr editor
Bill Rojas .... sound facility supervisor
Timothy P. Salmon .... boom operator (as Tim Salmon)
Robert Shands .... recordist
Dan Sharp .... sound re-recordist
Gregory H. Watkins .... sound re-recording mixer
Keith A. Wester .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
John J. Downey .... special effects assistant
Thomas L. Fisher .... special effects coordinator
Tobi Allyn .... stunts
William H. Burton Jr. .... stunt coordinator (as William H. Burton)
William H. Burton Jr. .... stunts (as Billy Burton)
Hal Burton .... stunts
Doug Coleman .... stunts
Randy Hall .... stunts
Terry Jackson .... stunts
Carey Loftin .... stunts
Gary McLarty .... stunts
Larry Nicholas .... stunts
Michael Runyard .... assistant stunt coordinator (as Mike Runyard)
Michael Runyard .... stunts (as Mike Runyard)
Dennis Scott .... stunts
Webster Whinery .... stunts
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Gavin Alcott .... second assistant camera
Curtis Briggs .... second assistant camera
W.C. 'Chunky' Huse .... key grip
Alan Martin .... gaffer
Douglas Milsome .... camera operator (as Doug Milsome)
Anthony G. Nakonechnyj .... best boy electric (as Tony Nakonechnyj)
Roland Neveu .... still photographer
Dennis L. Peterson .... rigging gaffer
Greg Rhineer .... loader
David Rudd .... first assistant camera
Michael L. Schaertl .... lamp operator
Stephen Sharp .... electrician
Tony Turner .... dolly grip
Scott Robertson Price .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Pierre Rouger .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Cate Praggastis .... casting: Salt Lake City
Debra Zane .... assistant to casting director
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marsha Barton .... head seamstress
Violet N. Cane .... key women's costumer (as Violet Cane)
Thomas S. Dawson .... key men's costumer
Pamela Havens .... set costumer
Robert Stewart .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Dale Caldwell .... color timer
Phil Hetos .... color timer
Peter R. Hunt .... supervising editor (as Peter Hunt)
John Morrisey .... second assistant editor (as John P. Morrisey)
Gilberto Costa Nunes .... first assistant editor
Gregory F. Plotts .... first assistant editor
Christopher Rouse .... assistant editor
Erica Shaevitz .... assistant editor
Gary Simon .... apprentice editor
David Block .... colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
David Mansfield .... arranger
David Mansfield .... conductor
Allan K. Rosen .... music editor
Transportation Department
Alan Collis .... transportation captain
Terry Collis .... transportation coordinator
Larry Stelling .... driver: mechanic
Steve Bonner .... picture car coordinator (uncredited)
Other crew
Ted Albert .... unit publicist
Ronald L. Carr .... location manager
Eduardo De La Grana .... production accountant
Judy Dennis .... dialogue director
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
J.W. 'Corkey' Fornof .... aircraft pilot (as John William Fornof)
Eric Klosterman .... location manager
Michael Menzies .... production accountant
Fenton Quinn .... first aid
Don Skaggs .... helicopter pilot
Wendy Smith .... production assistant
Rena Sternfeld-Allon .... script supervisor (as Rina Sternfeld-Allon)
Branko Wohlfahrt .... weapons specialist
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... aerial coordinator
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... helicopter pilot
Hector Freeman .... production staff (uncredited)

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105 min
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Did You Know?

The original Broadway production of "The Desperate Hours" written by Joseph Hayes opened on 10th February 1955 at the Ethel Barrymore Theater where it ran for 212 performances until 13th August 1955. The play had previously opened in New Haven's Shubert Theatre earlier in 1955 before re-launching on Broadway in August 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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23 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Desperate Movie, 28 May 2003
Author: Maciste_Brother from the rock

After the financial disaster that was HEAVEN'S GATE, Michael Cimino was on a warpath to prove he was still a legitimate filmmaker. He subsequently made the overwrought YEAR OF THE DRAGON, THE SICILIAN and a remake of DESPERATE HOURS in the 1980s. All of those films bombed at the B.O. and his credibility never really recovered. Of all three films he directed in the 80s, DESPERATE HOURS is, by far, the worst. The movie is bad, bad, bad. The movie actually reflects its title. It's truly desperate.

Like the director, the film wants to be taken seriously and yet it's woefully misguided with overwrought acting, leaden direction that rarely makes any sense and a script that's totally outdated and is divorced from logic. As I've said, the movie wants to be taken seriously but every attempt of seriousness is quickly shot down with remarkably ludicrous details. For instance, when David Morse is alone in the wilderness and he's running away from the police, the whole moment is (oddly) directed with reverence but then, as Morse is heading towards a gas station, he meets two buxom bimbos who are dressed in such ridiculous clothes (they look like they just stepped out of a Playboy spread) that the director's attempt at reverence is destroyed by the unexpected sight of those two women who just didn't belong in the movie. I'm sure someone got laid from hiring those two women. Arf!

And then there's the whole way Kelly Lynch is treated in the movie. What an embarrassing role. She didn't deserve to be treated like that. I love Leonard Maltin's description of what is done to her character: kamikaze disrobing.

But topping everything, even the dreadful music or scenery chewing from Mickey Rourke or Anthony Hopkins, is Lindsay Crouse's performance, which can only be described as being out of this world. The way she talks, enunciates her dialogue, the way her character is directed, well, the whole thing is totally perplexing. I've tried to come up with a way to describe her acting/role but I can't. Remember Dolores Fuller's acting in GLEN OR GLENDA? Well, Lindsay Crouse must have taken some lessons from Dolores because her acting is identical. Personally speaking, Lindsay Crouse's acting in DH ranks up there as one of the weirdest performances ever put on screen.

I haven't seen the original version of DESPERATE HOURS but I can't imagine it's remotely close to being as dreadful as Michael Cimino's version.

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