Los Angeles Times - 10/05/1990
"...Sleek....It's like a mix of A-thriller and grand opera: full of crazy opulence and arias for both Rourke and Hopkins..."
A remake of the 1955 Humphrey Bogart thriller, DESPERATE HOURS reunites director Michael Cimino and star Mickey Rourke in a richly photographed film filled with emotional and physical violence. Bosworth (Rourke), a brutal criminal on the run, takes over a house occupied by an unhappily married couple, Nora (Mimi Rogers) and Tim (Anthony Hopkins), and their two young children. Bosworth has escaped from jail with the help of his attorney, Nancy Breyers (Kelly Lynch). The film circles around the interactions of the hostage family and Bosworth as he waits for his accomplice and plans his escape to Mexico.
A dizzying battle for survival within the constraints of a hostage situation inside a suburban home, this remake of the 1955 original was filmed largely in Salt Lake City and was written with the collaboration of Joseph Hayes, who authored the original novel, Broadway play, and the 1955 screenplay. Featuring engaging performances by Mimi Rogers and Anthony Hopkins, the film tracks the mayhem caused by a ruthless criminal who takes a suburban family hostage as he waits for and plans his ultimate escape. The highly intelligent Bosworth (Mickey Rourke) escapes from prison, aided by his lovesick attorney, Nancy. Leaving his lawyer behind, Bosworth joins his brother, Wally (Elias Koteas), and their partner. Needing a hideout, the three enter and terrorize the home of Tim (Hopkins) and Nora (Rogers) Cornell. The family's internal troubles are highlighted as Bosworth and his clan play mind games with the family and diligent FBI agent Chandler takes charge of the manhunt.
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Theatrical release: October 5, 1990.
DESPERATE HOURS was shot in Colorado and Salt Lake City.
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