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The Desperate Hours ()


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Three escaped convicts move in on and terrorize a suburban household.

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Glenn Griffin
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Dan C. Hilliard
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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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Cindy Hilliard
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Ralphie Hilliard
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Sam Kobish
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Detective
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Tom Winston
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Sheriff Masters
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FBI Agent Carson
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State Police Lt. Fredericks
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George Patterson (uncredited)
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Bellboy (uncredited)
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Chef at Al's Dining Room (uncredited)
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Mr. Walling (uncredited)
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Mrs. Walling (uncredited)
Ralph Dumke ...
Clint (uncredited)
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Dutch (uncredited)
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Motorist Hijacked by Hal (uncredited)
Fred S. Fosler ...
Sheriff (uncredited)
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Miss Swift (uncredited)
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Detective (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ...
Barkeeper (uncredited)
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Miss Wells (uncredited)
Louis Lettieri ...
Bucky Walling (uncredited)
Mike Mahoney ...
State Trooper (uncredited)
Michael Moore ...
Detective (uncredited)
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Carl - Night Watchman (uncredited)
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Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)
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State trooper (uncredited)
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Sal (uncredited)
Paul Salata ...
Sheriff (uncredited)
Joel D. Smith ...
State Trooper (uncredited)

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William Wyler

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Joseph Hayes ... (screenplay)
 
Joseph Hayes ... (adapted from the novel and play by)
 
Jay Dratler ... (contributor to screenplay construction) (uncredited)

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Robert Wyler ... associate producer
William Wyler ... producer

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Gail Kubik ... (music score by)
Daniele Amfitheatrof ... (uncredited)

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Lee Garmes ... director of photography

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Robert Swink ... (edited by)

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Bill Wistrom ... assistant editor (uncredited)

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J. McMillan Johnson ... (as Joseph MacMillan Johnson)
Hal Pereira

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Sam Comer
Grace Gregory

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Edith Head ... (costumes)

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Wally Westmore ... makeup supervisor
Karl Silvera ... makeup artist (uncredited)

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Charles C. Coleman ... assistant director (as C.C. Coleman Jr.)
John Waters ... second unit director
Hilton A. Green ... assistant director (uncredited)

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Hugo Grenzbach ... sound recordist
Winston H. Leverett ... sound recordist (as Winston Leverett)
Carl Mahakian ... sound editor (uncredited)

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Farciot Edouart ... process photography
John P. Fulton ... special photographic effects

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Leo Shuken ... orchestrator (uncredited)

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Fred S. Fosler ... technical advisor
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Plot Summary

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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Taglines A reign of violence sweeps the screen See more »
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Also Known As
  • La maison des otages (France)
  • Horas desesperadas (Spain)
  • Epätoivon tunnit (Finland)
  • Skliroi andres (Greece)
  • Чaсы отчаяния (Soviet Union, Russian title)
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  • 112 min
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Budget $2,388,000 (estimated)

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Trivia After the movie previewed, Humphrey Bogart told director William Wyler, "I think I'm too old to play gangsters". See more »
Goofs When Hilliard and Cindy are inside the car for the first time, the back projection image waves a little. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Episode #6.3 (1955). 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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