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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 house and takes over their lives.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Michael Bosworth
... Tim Cornell
... Nora Cornell
... Brenda Chandler
... Nancy Breyers
... Wally Bosworth
... Albert
... May Cornell
Danny Gerard ... Zack Cornell
... Ed Tallent
... Kyle
John Christopher Jones ... Neff
... Maddox
... Lexington
... Chabon
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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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5 October 1990 (USA)  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

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$2,742,912
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The original Broadway production of "The Desperate Hours", written by Joseph Hayes opened on February 10, 1955, at the Ethel Barrymore Theater, where it ran for two hundred twelve performances until August 13, 1955. The play had previously opened in New Haven's Shubert Theatre in 1955, before re-launching on Broadway in August 1955. See more »

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Michael Bosworth: A man is not a man unless he knows how to mix a proper martini and tie a proper bowtie.
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Remake of The Desperate Hours (1967) See more »

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BREAKIN' THE CHAIN
Performed by Cindy Bullens
Written by Cindy Bullens and David Mansfield
Courtesy of MCA Records
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A "Desperate" one "Hour" and forty-five minutes....
5 December 1999 | by See all my reviews

Once, Michael Cimino was a great director. Now, he's just a Hollywood joke.

Why?

Here's a good example.

"Desperate Hours" is a remake of a similar movie which starred Humphrey Bogart. I've never seen the original. Wish I could say the same about the remake.

Rourke plays the mad dog killer this time out, who is on the lam with his attorney (Lynch, who should probably sue Cimino for defamation of character) and holes up with his cronies in the house of a distant man (Hopkins) and his equally distant family. Screams, fights, violence and blood all share equal screen time.

Then Crouse shows up to head the manhunt for Rourke and every last shred of belief jumps out the window to escape her. Are FBI agents really this stupid? Don't they have entrance exams? Isn't it against the law to endanger innocent peoiple just to capture an escaped convict? Isn't it? Didn't Cimino and his writers suspect as much?

Wait, I forget: this is the same man who made "Heaven's Gate".

This is, without a doubt, one of the most blatantly stupid, tasteless, egomaniacal trips through Idiot-Land I've even seen since "Dumb and Dumber". But at least THAT one was supposed to be funny.

No stars. Not a one. Watching "Desperate Hours" is like witnessing a car accident, only more painful and with more victims.


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