The Desperate Hours

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Michael Cimino's remake of the hostage drama Desperate Hours comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer. MGM/UA has done a solid job with this film, especially when one considers the inexpensive list price.
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Michael Cimino's remake of the hostage drama Desperate Hours comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer. MGM/UA has done a solid job with this film, especially when one considers the inexpensive list price.
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Special Features

Original theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
The 1955 original version of The Desperate Hours, directed by the incomparable William Wyler, juxtaposed the volatile bond between a fraternity of on-the-lam criminals with the powerful but bloodless ties of staid '50s family life. This 1990 adaptation attempts a similar contrast between a more modern breed of murderer and a disaffected yuppie clan. Unfortunately, the updated subtext is of little interest when the storytelling itself proves so lackluster. Directed by Michael Cimino of The Deer Hunter fame and Heaven's Gate infamy, The Desperate Hours offers up a tremulous Anthony Hopkins in place of steely patriarch Fredric March and a scenery-chewing Mickey Rourke in place of hard-nosed Humphrey Bogart. The cast also includes such talents as Mimi Rogers, Lindsay Crouse, and Elias Koteas, but the script is so hackneyed that they have little to work with. Even worse, the screenwriters have needlessly complicated the tight economy of the original plot to include such half-baked characters as Kelly Lynch's crooked defense attorney. Although it's shorter than its predecessor, the remake feels much longer, its pallid suspense sequences as tense as a worn-out elastic waistband. By about halfway through, audiences may well be rooting for Hopkins and company to stage a massacre so the credits can roll.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/16/2002
  • UPC: 027616874979
  • Original Release: 1990
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Stereo
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, stereo
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 1:45:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mickey Rourke Michael Bosworth
Anthony Hopkins Tim Cornell
Mimi Rogers Nora Cornell
Lindsay Crouse 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
Brian James Anderson Coroner
Kenneth Bass Repairman
Ron Bird Reporter
Matthew Rangi Brown Security Guard at Bank
Mary Colquhoun
Robert Condor Trooper
Peter Crombie Connelly
Christopher Curry Chabon
Daniel Cussiter SWAT Team Member
Bob Evans Reporter
Alexis Fernandez Reporter
John Finn Lexington
Michael Flynn Ornitz
Richard Hernandez SWAT Team Member
John Jones Neff
Bradley Leatham Police Detective
Brittnew Lewis College Girl
Ellen McElduff Bank Teller
Dean Norris Maddox
Mike Nussbaum Mr. Nelson
Jeff Olson Coogan
Ellen Parker Kate
Gary Parker SWAT Team Member
Cate Praggastis
Barry Primus
James Rebhorn Prosecutor
Robert Rowe Sniper
Elizabeth Ruscio Judge
George Sullivan Sniper
James Thornton SWAT Team Member
James Thornton SWAT Team Member
Ralph Waite
Stanley White Devereaux
Lise Wilburn College Girl
Technical Credits
Michael Cimino Director, Co-producer
Allan A. Apone Special Effects
Ray Birge Consultant/advisor
Billy Burton Stunts
Mary Colquhoun Casting
Charles de Caro Costumes/Costume Designer
Dino de Laurentiis Co-producer
Martha de Laurentiis Producer
Mel Dellar Producer
Alberto Fava Makeup
Thomas Fisher Special Effects
Harvey Giss Consultant/advisor
Joseph Hayes Screenwriter
Patricia Klawonn Art Director
Lawrence Konner Screenwriter
Tom Lindblom Set Decoration/Design
Makeup & Effects Labs, Inc. Special Effects
David Mansfield Score Composer, Songwriter
Robert Mills Makeup
Douglas Milsome Cinematographer
Victoria Paul Production Designer
Mark Rosenthal Screenwriter
Christopher Rouse Editor
Michael Runyard Stunts
Crispian Sallis Set Decoration/Design
Martha Schumacher Executive Producer
Ed Ternes Makeup
Stanley White Consultant/advisor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title/Nancy [5:08]
2. An Intelligent Man [5:59]
3. The Cornells [8:12]
4. "The Lady Is a Liar!" [1:56]
5. Bosworth Finds a Home [9:26]
6. Sheriff Tim [6:16]
7. Dinner & Desperation [16:29]
8. Hot Pursuit [3:01]
9. Ed/"I Can't Take It!" [8:37]
10. $10,000 Cash! [6:26]
11. Albert's Last Stand [6:26]
12. An Imperfect Plan [4:38]
13. "The Greatest Woman" [9:14]
14. "It's Over!" [7:51]
15. Reunited [2:15]
16. End Credits [2:54]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Scene Selections
   Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Français
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: None
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