The Desperate Hours
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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 into cooperating with him. The convict orders March, his wife Martha Scott, and their… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"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."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Solid version of the play with strong cast."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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