The Desperate Hours 1955

The Desperate Hours

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Three escaped felons (Humphrey Bogart, Dewey Martin, Robert Middleton) randomly target a suburban house to hide out in until midnight, when an accomplice plans to deliver them money. They take the entire family hostage -- but midnight comes and goes without a delivery. As their stay extends from hours into days, homeowner Dan Hilliard (Fredric March) complies with the felons' no-police demands to protect his wife and two children, while trying to plot an escape from the desperate situation.

Cast & Crew

Humphrey Bogart
Glenn Griffin
Fredric March
Dan C. Hilliard
Martha Scott
Eleanor "Ellie" Hilliard
Arthur Kennedy
Deputy Sheriff Jesse Bard
Dewey Martin
Hal Griffin
Gig Young
Chuck Wright
Mary Murphy
Cindy Hilliard
Richard Eyer
Ralphie Hilliard
Alan Reed
Detective
Joseph Hayes
Screenwriter
Lee Garmes
Cinematographer
Robert Swink
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Critic Reviews for The Desperate Hours

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Audience Reviews for The Desperate Hours

  • Apr 24, 2010
    Skip the remake & stick with the original
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 23, 2009
    Classic...great movie even with Bogarts singular acting style....
    Barry L Super Reviewer
  • Nov 05, 2007
    A dense cat and mouse game featuring old Bogart, still pulling it off, maybe not as menacing as he could have, but it is his charcters rogue-like ambiguity that carries the movie. A hostage drama at its core, the movie features a many characters and depicts their conflicting interests. Of course, the increasing tension between the captors and the glooming disaster is what fires up the heat of suspense. Very good. HX
    Henrik S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 09, 2007
    William Wyler's <i>The Desperate Hours</i> is unnerving because it reminds us that no one is completely safe from the horrors of sociopathic criminals, not even average, Leave-it-to-Beaver families living in middleclass suburbia. Wyler brings crime into the living room, what could very well be YOUR living room, and lets you sweat it out along with the captive Hilliard family. Humphrey Bogart's character might not be his most villainous role, but he's definitely a miscreant and unempathetic personality. This isn't my favorite Wyler film or, for that matter, even my favorite Bogart vehicle, but it's still a good movie with enough suspense and tension to keep you on the edge of your seat.
    Kevin S Super Reviewer

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