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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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Deputy Sheriff Jesse Bard
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Ellie Hilliard
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Hal Griffin
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Chuck Wright
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Sam Kobish
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Tom Winston
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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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The Desperate Hours
22 July 1999 | by (Marietta, OH) – See all my reviews

Stunning camerawork by director Wyler and stellar performances by Bogart and March help move along the rather tame script, based on Joseph Hayes' novel and Tony Award winning play. Remade under Michael Cimino's direction in 1990 with Mickey Rourke and Anthony Hopkins.


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