The Desperate Hours Movie Review Summary

Actors: Humphrey Bogart, Fredric March, Arthur Kennedy, Martha Scott, Dewey Martin, Gig Young, Robert Middleton

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THE DESPERATE HOURS is a movie produced and directed by William Wyler in 1955.
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The setting is a wealthy neighborhood of Indianapolis. Bogart, Martin and Middleton, three escaped criminals, enter Fredric March's home, taking him, his wife and their two children hostages. During two days and two nights, this family will have to act as if nothing was happening while Bogart is waiting for an accomplice to bring him some cash. All attempts to run away are brought to nought by a smart Bogie.

Meanwhile, the police lieutenant Arthur Kennedy and the F.B.I. are desperately searching for a clue that could lead them to the criminals's hiding place. They'll finally have something to think about when Martin, hit by a truck, is found dead with Fredric March's gun in his pocket.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Crime & Scandal    -   Yes Story of    -   criminals on the run    -   rescuing from kidnappers Escape/Rescue?    -   escape/rescue from kidnapper(s)

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   criminal Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American Unusual characteristics:    -   Extremely cynical or arrogant


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest City?    -   Yes City:    -   wealthy

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing Any profanity?    -   None Is this movie based on a    -   book

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