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Desperate Hours (1990)




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The Desperate Hours directed by Michael Cimino, is an attempt to remake the Humphrey Bogart classic of the same name with indifferent results. Bosworth (Mickey Rourke), a brutal criminal on the run with his partners, takes over a house occupied by an unhappily married couple Nora (Mimi Rogers) and Tim (Anthony Hopkins) and their young son and daughter. Bosworth has escaped from jail with the help of his defense attorney Nancy Breyers (Kelly Lynch). The film focuses on the interactions of the family and Bosworth as he plans his escape to Mexico. Cimino wastes little time in developing the characters or explaining the implausible premise that Bosworth would chose an occupied house and hold an innocent family captive when the logical choice would be to lay low and wait for his chance to escape. Both Hopkins and Rourke, usually excellent actors, give wildly over-the-top performances, aided by the lurid, over-written dialogue of the screenplay and the badly paced, ill-conceived direction by Cimino, which instead of creating tension and suspense, simply confuses the already muddled and incomprehensible plot. The Desperate Hours is a pale example of the original with little to recommend it.

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Mickey Rourke
as Michael Bosworth
Anthony Hopkins
as Tim Cornell
Mimi Rogers
as Nora Cornell
Lindsay Crouse
as Brenda Chandler
Kelly Lynch
as Nancy Breyers
Elias Koteas
as Wally Bosworth
Mike Nussbaum
as Mr. Nelson
Shawnee Smith
as May Cornell
Danny Gerard
as Zack Cornell
Gerry Bamman
as Ed Tallent
James Thornton
as SWAT Team Member
John Finn
as Lexington
Stanley White
as Devereaux
Peter Crombie
as Connelly
Kenneth Bass
as Repairman
Ellen McElduff
as Bank Teller
James Rebhorn
as Prosecutor
Jeff Olson
as Coogan
Bradley Leatham
as Police Detective
Brittnew Lewis
as College Girl
Lise Wilburn
as College Girl
Matthew Rangi Brown
as Security Guard at Bank
Ron Bird
as Reporter
Bob Evans
as Reporter
Daniel Cussiter
as SWAT Team Member
Richard Hernandez
as SWAT Team Member
Gary Parker
as SWAT Team Member
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Critic Reviews for Desperate Hours

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

Desperate Hours is an attempt to take a 1950s crime classic and remake it by turning up the heat, but Cimino has set the heat too high, and the result is an overwrought melodrama with dialogue even a True Detective editor would question.

July 24, 2001 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It's an overblown remake of William Wyler's 1955 film The Desperate Hours.

June 17, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

A fairly pointless remake...

June 29, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A crackerjack hostage drama that's well directed by Michael Cimino, gorgeously shot by cinematographer Doug Milsome, and acted with fierce intensity by Rourke and Hopkins.

October 10, 2005 | Rating: 4/5

hopkins cringing at rourke is absurd!

May 28, 2005 | Rating: 1/5

Pales to original w/Bogie, but still tense

October 19, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Desperate Hours

Desperate Hours plays like a deadly cat-and-mouse mind game.... It is downright eerie. i can best describe it as a thinking persons action thriller, but in its wild turns of the imagination, it is completely hypnotic!!!!.

 ♥Robyn  M♥
♥Robyn M♥

Super Reviewer


Nothing wrong with the acting here - or the director, for that matter - but the film just kind of plods along at an uneven pace. I loved this movie years ago, but just can't seem to get into it nowadays. Still, Mickey Rourke is the epitome of cool as escaped murderer Michael Bosworth.

Derek Daniels
Derek Daniels

Super Reviewer

Desire is the deadliest weapon of all.

Wahida K
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

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