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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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At the height of fear every moment is a desperate hour See more »
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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 .... re-recording mixer
Marty Church .... adr mixer
Jay M. Harding .... 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 .... 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
Kevin Kennedy .... 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)
Tom Dawson .... key men's costumer (as Thomas S. Dawson)
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)
Location Management
Ronald L. Carr .... location manager
Eric Klosterman .... location manager
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
Eduardo De La Grana .... production accountant
Judy Dennis .... dialogue director
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
J.W. 'Corkey' Fornof .... aircraft pilot (as John William Fornof)
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
Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

Fifth version of Joseph Hayes' "The Desperate Hours" after the first, the original The Desperate Hours (1955) theatrical feature starring Humphrey Bogart, and the second, 1967's made-for-television The Desperate Hours (1967) (TV). The third was the 1970 Indian film Drohi (1970) and the fourth was the 1974 Hindi Bollywood film 36 Ghante (1974).See more »
Michael Bosworth:There's too many rules in this house.See more »
Movie Connections:
Remake of The Desperate Hours (1967) (TV)See more »


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20 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
A perfect example of a movie being so bad it's good, 16 July 2008
Author: squeezebox from United States

This is one of those movies that is very difficult to give a star rating because its high entertainment value is due to the fact that it's almost completely terrible.

A remake of the 1955 Humphry Bogart-Fredric March potboiler, DESPERATE HOURS is an unrelentingly bizarre piece of exploitation trash. There's virtually nothing "good" about it. The screenplay ranges from scattershot to just plain off-the-wall weird, the performances are some of the most over-the-top ever committed to film and the direction is borderline psychotic. Director Michael Cimino and producer Dino De Laurentiis once again prove that they are more capable than anyone else in the film industry of taking a potentially good idea and drowning it in excessiveness.

Mickey Rourke and Anthony Hopkins are both excellent actors. They are also actors who go from mannered to berserk very quickly. Both chew the scenery as if their lives depend on it. Mimi Rodgers is wooden even during emotionally intense scenes, Shawnee Smith is distraught before the home invaders show up and Lindsay Crouse is both wooden and over-the-top at the same time.

Kelly Lynch is the only actor who turns in even an appropriate performance, evoking a sense of hopelessness and panic from the start that makes you feel for her character, even if she has dug her own grave. This doesn't help a bewildering early scene in which her blouse spontaneously pops open to reveal her bare breasts make any more sense, however.

There are a lot of interesting plot and characterization ideas floating around the proceedings but none of them are ever fully developed. It reminds me of Cimino's HEAVEN'S GATE and De Laurentiis's DUNE, two similarly flawed but occasionally brilliant disasters which have grown better with age. Maybe with time, viewers will begin to see the tight, complex thriller struggling to break through the mess that is DESPERATE HOURS.

But all this analysis begs the question, would the movie have been more entertaining had it been put together more coherently? The answer is: probably not.

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