Main Plot Points:
- The Pope Of Greenwich Village – Mickey Rourke (Sin City), Eric Roberts (Runaway Train) and Daryl Hannah (Blade Runner) “create emotion-charged characters who tingle with energy and play with conviction” (The Hollywood Reporter) in this modern-day classic.
- In New York’s Little Italy, smooth-talking hustler Charlie (Rourke) works in a restaurant and dreams of one day buying his own with his girlfriend Diane (Hannah). His wiry wheeler-dealer cousin Paulie (Roberts) waits tables, skims money off checks and is always scheming to score big. But they’re all about to pull a scam on the wrong guy – Bed Bug Eddie (Burt Young, Rocky), the Mafia king of Greenwich Village! Now these small time con men are in big-time trouble – trouble so big that even their mobster uncle might not be able to save them!
- Desperate Hours – From Oscar winner Michael Cimino (1978 Best Director, The Deer Hunter) comes this taut psychological thriller about a family held hostage in their own home.
- In dire need of a hideout, escaped convict Michael Bosworth (Rourke) uses his charming smile to gain entry into the posh home of Nora and Tim Cornell (Rogers and Hopkins) and their two children. While waiting for his beautiful lawyer- turned- accomplice (Lynch) to arrive, Bosworth’s smile soon explodes into homicidal rage when the Cornells desperately try to fight back. Holding the family at gunpoint and ruthlessly pitting husband against wife, Bosworth’s fury escalates into a shocking night of terror and cold-blooded murder. Finally, the family is forced to take a stand that will either destroy them… or unite them as never before.
What We Thought:
- I had never actually seen The Pope of Greenwich Village or Desperate Hours till this collection.
- I knew of The Pope of Greenwich Village, but never took the time to see it. It’s pretty much a Mean Streets rip off, but both leads (Mickey Rourke, Eric Roberts) are quite good in it.
- The filmmakers definitely were inspired by Scorsese if they don’t want to admit it. It has that “In the city, On the streets” type vibe that Scorsese helped create.
- But again, Rourke and Roberts are quite good. Plus Geraldine Page was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress for the film. If the film didn’t feel like every other film in the genre, the acting would have carried it much further.
- Desperate Hours is just like every other home invasion film, but with a cast of big names.
- Along with Rourke, you get Anthony Hopkins, Mimi Rogers, a young Elias Koteas and a very young Dean Norris. The cast is very good, but like Pope, it feels like a film I’ve seen many times before.
- The Blu-ray looks pretty good. Both films are over 20 years old with Pope being even older so they weren’t perfect in the first place. Audio is fully remastered and sounds great.
- The Pope of Greenwich Village and Desperate Hours is kind of an odd combo. Sure Rourke is in both, but other than that, they don’t have much in common. Both films are watchable because of the great actors in them and if you haven’t seen them, they are worth catching overall.
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Mickey Rourke
- Daryl Hannah
- Eric Roberts
- Anthony Hopkins
- Mimi Rogers
Recommended if You Like:
- Mean Streets
- The Strangers
- Mickey Rourke