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The Desperate Hours (1955)

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Glen, Hal and Sam are three escaped convicts who move in on and terrorize a suburban household.

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After escaping from prison, Glenn Griffin, his brother Hal and a third inmate Sam Kobish randomly select a house in a well-to-do suburb of Indianapolis in which to hide out. The home belongs to the Hilliard family, Dan and Ellie who live there with their 19-year old daughter Cindy and their young son Ralph. They plan on staying only until midnight as Griffin is awaiting his girlfriend who will meet them with some money he had stashed away. When she doesn't arrive, their stay stretches out to several days. Dan Hilliard plays their game knowing that if he makes any attempt to contact the police, his family could be caught in the crossfire. Written by garykmcd

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A reign of violence sweeps the screen


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13 February 1956 (Sweden)  »

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Horas desesperadas  »

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$2,388,000 (estimated)
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The Character of Glenn Griffin was made older so Humphrey Bogart could play the role. The stage version starred Karl Malden and a young Paul Newman in the Bogart role See more »

Goofs

When Hilliard and Cindy are inside the car for the first time, the back projection image waves a little. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[the morning newspaper hits the front door]
Eleanor Hilliard: I'll get it, darling.
Dan Hilliard: Some morning I'm gonna catch up with that kid.
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great movie!
27 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When I first saw this movie, I thought that it was a very interesting concept.....and I still do. I especially like the part where the police/FBI are observing the house in question from the attic of the neighbor's home. And, the look on Humphrey Bogart's face when his brother, Hal, expresses his discontent at where life has brought him so far.....is a 'look' only Bogie can muster. In short, this is a daring, exciting movie. It all takes place in Anywhere, U.S.A. (actually, Indianapolis) and life in suburbia would never be the same for the Hilliard crew. I highly recommend this movie. This is not the usual film that is mentioned when talking about Humphrey Bogart, but it's one of his best. It's a worthy addition to anyone's home movie collection!


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