The Desperate Hours (1955)
Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 6
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 1
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Release Date: Jan 1, 1955 Wide
Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 2,705
Based on the novel and play by Joseph Hayes, which in turn was inspired by an actual event, The Desperate Hours is the prototypical "family-trapped-by-criminals" drama. Escaped convicts Humphrey Bogart, Robert Middleton and Dewey Martin, seeking an appropriate hideout until they can make contact with their money supply, deliberately choose the suburban home of Fredric March and his family. The cold-blooded Bogart wants no trouble with the police, and he knows he can cower a family with children
Jan 1, 1955 Wide
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William Wyler's taut direction elevates this thriller, which stars Bogart in his last screen role and Fredric March; far superior to the 1991 remake.
An aged fiftysomething Humphrey Bogart is in his element as the snarling desperate fugitive, a role played on Broadway by the much younger Paul Newman.
Solid version of the play with strong cast.
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