The Desperate Hours

Synopsis: After escaping from prison, Glenn Griffin, his brother Hal and a third inmate Sam Kobish randomly select a house in a well-to-do suburb of Indianapolis in which to hide out. The home belongs to the Hilliard family, Dan and Ellie who live there with their 19-year old daughter Cindy and their young son Ralph. They plan on staying only until midnight as Griffin is awaiting his girlfriend who will meet them with some money he had stashed away. When she doesn't arrive, their stay stretches out to several days. Dan Hilliard plays their game knowing that if he makes any attempt to contact the police, his family could be caught in the crossfire.
Director(s): William Wyler
Production: Paramount Pictures
  2 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
112 min

This is Mr Carson, FBI.

How are you? It says

they beat up a farmer before dawn!

They left him in his barn out cold,

ripped out his telephone.

He staggered into a general store and

reported his car stolen. How are you?

Battered grey Sedan, 1941.

Did you put this on the air?

And give every amateur a crack at it?

We'd be flooded with phoney leads!

Then, we'll follow them all down.

What do you say, Carson?

The way I understand it,

you know Griffin better than anyone.

How about your taking over?

I'll string along.

OK. Let's find that car.

Repeat the description on air

every half-hour.

Contact the police immediately if

you have information about this car.

Radio Station WTLI, Indianapolis.

You paid this insurance on the 19th?

- Yes.

- Is that all the cash in the house?

My husband always says,

"Too much cash..."

He's right. It's never safe

to leave too much dough around.


Knock it off!

- My guts are growling.

- Chew on this.

Maybe it slipped your mind. You

supposed to go some place tonight?

No. I've told you!

How many times...?

As many times as I say.

Are you sure you ain't forgetting

something? Like a gun in the house?

You got it hid from Junior.

You want me to let Kobish find it?

Put a gun in his paw

and his fingers get itchy.

He's only got half a brain.

Don't want nobody to get hurt.

Maybe you've got different ideas.

OK, I'll let him dig it out.


I'm waiting.

Top shelf of my closet, in my room.

Behind the hat boxes.

- Hal!

- Yeah, Glenn?

Kobish, watch the back door.

- Yeah?

- Lady's got a present.

Top of her closet, back of the boxes.

Do you think you can talk on

the phone without busting into tears?

The phone!

Whom do you want me to call?

I always go for a dame with guts.

That's "whom" you're going to call.

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