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Visiting Hours (1982)

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A deranged, misogynistic killer assaults a journalist. When he discovers that she survived the attack, he follows her to the hospital to finish her off.

Director:

Jean-Claude Lord (as Jean Claude Lord)

Writer:

Brian Taggert (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Ironside ... Colt Hawker
Lee Grant ... Deborah Ballin
Linda Purl ... Sheila Munroe
William Shatner ... Gary Baylor
Lenore Zann ... Lisa
Harvey Atkin ... Vinnie Bradshaw
Helen Hughes ... Louise Shepherd
Michael J. Reynolds ... Porter Halstrom
Kirsten Bishop ... Denise (as Kirsten Bishopric)
Deborah Kirshenbaum Deborah Kirshenbaum ... Connie Wexler (as Debra Kirschenbaum)
Elizabeth Leigh-Milne Elizabeth Leigh-Milne ... Patricia Ellis
Maureen McRae Maureen McRae ... Elizabeth Hawker
Dustin Waln Dustin Waln ... Mr. Hawker
Neil Affleck ... Police Officer
Damir Andrei Damir Andrei ... Paramedic
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Storyline

Deborah Ballin is a controversial middle-aged TV journalist, who is campaigning on air on behalf of a battered woman who murdered her abusive husband, claiming justifiable defense against the so-called victim. But her outspoken views championing women's rights incense one of the studio's cleaning staff, closet homicidal psycho (and misogynist) Colt Hawker whose deep seated despising all all things female occurred from seeing his Mother throwing boiling oil in the face of his abusive Father when he was a small child (and who's M.O. is to photograph victims he stabs as they're spasming to death). So much so that he decides there and then to shut her up...PERMANENTLY! Managing to beat her home, he soon dispatches her maid Francine, before turning his rage onto her as she come home (greeting her in only wearing her jewelry and make-up). Despite the brutal injuries he lashes out on her, she manages to survive and is rushed off to hospital. But undaunted he catches up to her in hospital and... Written by suspicous

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There is no known cure.....for MURDER. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Get Well Soon See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD 5,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,250,157, 31 May 1982

Gross USA:

$13,258,670
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First English language film directed by French-Canadian Jean-Claude Lord. See more »

Goofs

(at around 45 mins) Michael Ironside's character dashes through a bathroom door in the hospital, and the camera and 2-3 crew members are briefly reflected in the mirror above the sink, before he closes the door. See more »

Quotes

Deborah Ballin: Don't leave me. He's here. I know it!
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Alternate Versions

The film was listed as one of the original DPP 74 UK video nasties. UK cinema and video versions were cut by the BBFC to edit a scene where Colt traces his knife across Lisa before slashing her clothing and shots of Colt kicking Sheila as he photographs her. The uncut version was shown on ITV in 1989 by mistake and the company was publicly rebuked by the Broadcasting Standards Council. See more »

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This film works on technique, not logic, and not a bad try.
2 May 2006 | by lastgaijinSee all my reviews

It's took a long time for me to get around to see this film. I distinctly remember being freaked out by the TV ads with the building's lights all being shut down to revealing the skull you see on the poster.

Well, if you have patience and you like old school films, you may find VISITING HOURS entertaining. It is one of those films that keeps you thinking and works more on your emotions, along the veins of DePalma's DRESSED TO KILL or, these days, any film by M. Night Shaylaman. There are some hit and miss elements with the viewing, but Jean Claude Lord gives it a good shot, in both his directing and editing. Fans of Lee Grant or William Shatner won't find much to endure: it's Michael Ironside who's really the star of this picture. Not as gory nor sexy as many of the other films of this genre during the early eighties, but it certainly is better than half of them--and specifically tries to avoid copycating. If you're not too cynical or sarcastic, give VISITING HOURS a watch.


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