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170 Ratings

Desperate Hours

Directed by Michael Cimino
United States, 1990


Remake of William Wyler’s 1955 film about three escaped convicts who take over a suburban household.

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Desperate Hours Directed by Michael Cimino

Critics reviews

It’s as radiant and lovely a collection of images as any American ever produced. If they happen to add up to a living nightmare of juvenile derangement, then so be it. Cimino’s compositions were worth twice of most of his peers’. It’ll be a long time before someone this mad and smart wants to make genre films again.
October 05, 2016
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The movie is as constrained by its largely domestic (and largely interior) setting as by its blatant commercialism; it’s the film of a director working much of the time with a hand tied behind his back. Yet its outdoor scenes and its scenes of escape, set in distant, rugged, and rhapsodic terrain, suggest that the illicit thrill of the outlaw life is an inescapable but doomed element of the American dream.
July 12, 2016
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