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The Desperate Hours (1955)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 13 February 1956 (Sweden)
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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$2,388,000 (estimated)
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Fredric March's part was intended for Spencer Tracy, a good friend of Humphrey Bogart's, but neither Tracy nor Bogart was willing to concede top billing to the other. See more »

Goofs

When Glenn is having breakfast, he takes the cup from his left hand side and puts it on his right. It then hops back and forth between shots. 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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Spoofed in Steptoe and Son: The Desperate Hours (1972) See more »

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Taut and exciting crime drama
6 June 2005 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I noticed one reviewer say "Bogey does it again". While I would agree that Bogart did a great job in the picture, I really feel the outstanding role was actually played by Frederick March. Bogey was menacing and that's certainly nothing new. But March, playing a sort of "every man" role who unexpectedly rises to the occasion in the end really stood out for me. It was a sort of metaphor for the capacity within us all to stand up to injustice and look for our own inner strength.

The plot is VERY simple. An evil gang takes a family hostage while hiding from the police. However, what makes the film stand out is the exquisite writing and acting that follows. This film really gives you a lot from such a simple plot.

Be sure to watch the ending--it really delivers!


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