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Plot: 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… Runtime: 105 min Release Date: 05 Oct 1990
Certainly not as good as Silence of the lambs... (by mcys09086)
As a die hard Anthony Hopkins fan I decided to buy this and add it to my collection of his movies - unfortunatly the only thing good about this film was Anthony. In fact, it wasn't fair to cast such a brilliant actor as Sir Hopkins in this sort of movie, as you don't see just how good he actually is - watch Silence of the lambs instead. Okay if you're bored one Sunday afternoon I guess. Sorry Anthony xxx :o
An Honest Review (by generationofswine)
OK, it's not Bogie. Let's get that out of the way from the start. People are going to hate this on principal because it doesn't have Bogart in it......and that is fair.People like me are also going to hate this out the door not only because it doesn't have Bogie in it but also because it is a remake......and that is also a fair hate.but if you get beyond that, it is really an entertaining thriller in the strictest late 80s early 90s thriller sense and just as flawed as all of them from that era.Artistically, it's really an 80s stock thriller with 90s cinematography. <more>
Neither bad nor good. Neither terrible nor great.However, it is an entertaining movie to watch, it's gripping and thrilling enough to keep you in a good mood whilst watching it...so 10 stars. So long as a movie entertains, it did it's job.This was watchable and entertaining.
Michael Cimino sunk a studio with his turkey "Heaven's Gate", but he is still a masterful director of action movies when he's in top form witness Deerhunter, Year of The Dragon and now, Desperate Hours . The famous synergy between Cimino and Rourke is in plentiful supply in this brilliant remake of the Bogart/March original. There isn't a wasted frame and everyone -- with the notable exception of Lindsay Crouse -- is perfectly cast. Cimino adds all the right touches in his update to the 50's original: Lynch's ice-queen trial lawyer, Hopkins-Rogers' marriage <more>
on the rocks, Smith's rebellious teen, Koteas' emotionally stunted younger brother. Don't pass this one up because of a handful of naysayers!
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, <more>
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.
Great remake of a Humphrey Bogart psycho drama (by Mikew3001)
"Desperate Hours" is a 1990 remake of William Wyler's psycho drama of the same name from 1955 featuring Humphrey Bogart and Fredric March as original cast. Michael Cimino directed this story of a blood-thirsty gang raiding an upper class suburb house on their run from the police after a series of ambitious big projects like "Heaven's Gate", "Year of the Dragon" and "The Sicilian" in the eighties.In this remake, it is Mickey Rourke's turn to play Bogart's leading role, and he turned Bogart's coolness into a portrait of a psychopathic <more>
gentleman gangster whose violent dominance is about to erupt like a volcano every second. His counterpart is lawyer Anthony Hopkins, an upper-class citizen and head of a broken family. Both men are fighting against each other in every possible way, starting with psycho duels and witty conversations to hard fights and pure wars of nerves.Most of the plot takes place in Hopkins' house, and as soon as the story is settled out of this apparent suburb paradise hell breaks out, starting from Rourke's violent escape from a courthouse prison in the beginning of the film to the final showdown when the police arrives.Cimino's direction works well with his whole ensemble often placed in the living room like actors on a static theater stage, and the camera views the psychological warfare often from a very distant ankle like in a documentary. The great cast of all actors featuring Mimi Rodgers, Kelly Lynch, Elias Koteas and David Morse and the minimal and seducing sound track score by David Mansfield add much tension to this well-dome remake of a great fifties crime drama.
tight thriller, sick of cimino hatred though (by t-mieczkowski)
I'm sick of all these elitist film school jerkazoids posing and preening for whatever opinion comes out of their professors next. This film is NOT the bogart picture - it's a tight little picture about a psychopath taking a family hostage amidst a brazen plan to break out of jail and hook up with his lover. That's IT. Hopkins, Morse, Koteas, Rogers all provide EXCELLENT support, but this is a Rourke show and Cimino's cinematography never fails to let us know it. Rourke is seductive, cool and violent. And speaking of Cimino's cinematography, it's quite beautiful in this <more>
film. Grab a widescreen print, turn the lights out, and enjoy.