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The Desperate Hours

Directed by William Wyler
United States, 1955
Drama, Thriller, Film noir


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 and their young son.

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The Desperate Hours
Directed by William Wyler

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

1996 | Retrospective

National Board of Review

1955 | Winner: Best Director

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1955 | 3rd place: Best Director

Edgar Allan Poe Awards

1956 | Winner: Best Motion Picture

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