The Desperate Hours
The Desperate Hours (1955)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1955
DVD Release Date: June 10, 2003
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Emanuel Levy

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Solid version of the play with strong cast.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
xGary Xx
Three escaped convicts invade a middle class family's home and hold them hostage. The premise of The Desperate Hours is something that, in the right hands,… More
Henrik Schunk
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… More
Steve B.
I can't believe I'm saying this, but I liked the Mickey Rourke version better -- and I didn't like that one so much, y'know?
Barry Lappin
Classic...great movie even with Bogarts singular acting style....
Michael Gildea
I really, really wanted to like this movie.