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Five Desperate Hours (1997)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sharon Lawrence ... Clair Ballard
Giancarlo Esposito ... Joseph Grange
Daniel Hugh Kelly ... Jim Ballard
Rocky Carroll ... Lt. Frank Early
Sarah Scott Davis ... Charlene 'Charlie' Mayberry
Garry Chalk ... Capt. Durk
Brent Stait ... Danbury
Gordie Giroux Gordie Giroux ... Tad
Billy 'Sly' Williams
Kimberly Unger Kimberly Unger ... Nora
Tarie Tennessey Tarie Tennessey ... SWAT Officer
Colin Cunningham ... Wesley Ballard
J.B. Bivens ... Sergeant
Brenda Crichlow ... TV Reporter
Stephen E. Miller ... Jeff Burroughs


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In seconds, their paths crossed. In hours, their lives changed.


Drama | Crime | Thriller




Canada | USA



Release Date:

5 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

5 Horas de Desespero See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Thomas Carter Company See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Not everything is black or white, everything is a grey area...
13 April 1999 | by David.SSee all my reviews

This movie really surprised me. It was a lot better than I originally thought it would be when I read about it. I thought it would be a cheap rip-off of films like `Desperate Hours' with Anthony Hopkins and Mickey Rourke, but it certainly was not. While `Desperate Hours' had a very predictable plot where the characters didn't change much throughout the film this one was totally different. The thing I liked most about `Five desperate Hours' was that we got one picture of the two main characters going in and during the film they changed so much that they were completely different ones going out.

I think it's important to show that not every criminal is completely `bad' and not not every `normal' human being is just that, `normal'. There is always a story behind what we see. In `Desperate hours' the bad guys were bad and the good guys were good and when a whole film takes place inside a room or two it gets boring. For a movie to get good in such a confined area there has to be a lot of character development, and this one had just that.

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