Escaped criminals hold a family hostage.
Genre: Feature Film-Drama
Release Date: 12-DEC-2003
Media Type: DVD
Humphrey Bogart is at his villainous best in William Wyler's taut home-invasion thriller, The Desperate Hours. Sharply adapted by John Hayes from his own fact-based novel and Broadway play, this marked a slight departure for Wyler, whose celebrated versatility is on ready display as Bogart--leading a panicky trio of escaped convicts--seizes control of a suburban family in the (dis)comfort of their own home. The domestic terror (similarly dramatized in the 1954 potboiler Suddenly) escalates as cautious patriarch Frederic March waits for an opportunity to retaliate, while the police (led by Arthur Kennedy) close in for an ambush. Viewers may recognize the home's exterior from TV's Leave It to Beaver, while its interior gives Wyler a sealed chamber for nail-biting advances and setbacks--and Bogey was rarely better at portraying ruthless, unpredictable menace. Poorly remade in 1990, The Desperate Hours remains a potent precursor to the many similar films (like Panic Room) that followed its enduring example. --Jeff Shannon
Engrossing Account Of 3 Escaped Prisoners From Jail. They Camp Out In Suburban Family Home.Terrorize Them Into Feeding Them,
Supplying Them With Money. Read more
Excellent film. Frederick March played against Bogart is a unique treat - the only pairing of these two fine actors.Published 16 months ago by SGM
Terror is in the news these days..since it can hit anyone anytime..that's the precarious hold we all hold on life, whom can anyone really trust? Read morePublished on Dec 23 2012 by Anthony Marinelli
With all the thrillers, i've watched till date, The Desperate Hour is truely the king of them all. Humprey Bogart rocks in this movie and while March plans to protect his family... Read morePublished on May 3 2004 by lakshmipathy
I am such a fan of Bogie and Wyler, but although the production is impeccable, the screenplay is so boring, and the typical "happy 50's family" is so square, that I was... Read morePublished on April 18 2004
Boring, boring, boring ...
That's really all that can be said for this William Wyler "thriller. Read more
Consistent with so many Bogie roles, Humphrey Bogart plays a prison escapee, who along with his brother and a strongarm (small brain) take a suburban family hostage in their home. Read morePublished on Nov. 20 2003 by Keith Garlington