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The Hidden (1987)

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An alien is on the run in America, it kills everything and uses the body to hide itself. This alien has a goal in life: Power. Hotly pursued by alien, lots of innocent people die in the chase.

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Brenda Lee Van Buren
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Lt. John Masterson
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Jonathan Miller
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An alien is on the run in America. To get his kicks, it kills anything that gets in its way, and uses the body as a new hiding place. This alien has a goal in life; power. Hotly pursued by another alien (who's borrowed the body of a dead FBI agent), lots of innocent people die in the chase. Written by Rob Hartill

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alien | hospital | chase | police | fbi | See more »

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Action | Crime | Horror | Sci-Fi

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20 October 1987 (USA)  »

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$9,747,988 (USA)
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During an interview on TNT in 1994, Claudia Christian mentioned The Hidden as being her prior experience with aliens. She said this qualified her to work on Babylon 5 (1994). See more »

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Early in first chase scene, the driver side fog light cover is missing. Before the car hits the pane of glass, it's back, then gone again. See more »

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Tom Beck: Oh, thank you. That is illuminating. That solves everything. Christ, Miller doesn't have a chance. Hey, why would he come in here and kill a guy for a lousy hundred bucks and a radio?
Lloyd Gallagher: Because he likes it. He sees something he wants, he steals it. If something gets in his way, he kills it. And right now, he's hiding out in your city.
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On Your Feet
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Performed by Shok Paris
Produced by Denny Nowak and Bill Peters
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Administered by Atlantic Music Corp. (BMI)
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More Alien Bang Bang for the Buck
5 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This starts out with a bang, literally, and doesn't let up for the entire film. The picture zips along, whether with speedy car chases or interesting suspense, keeping the audience on their toes. We can credit director Sholder for keeping things exciting but I also suspect this was one those scripts that wasn't tampered with much (which is as it should be for most scripts, but isn't in Hollywood). For sheer level of entertainment as a sci-fi thriller, this approaches Terminator (84) - the one to beat. Some of the premise is similar, featuring an unstoppable menace. You're always guaranteed an adrenaline rush with scenes of cops firing their weapons repeatedly at someone who just won't fall down; they may slow him or it down, perhaps stagger it, but in the end they need something more than just bullets.

This pic represents a fortunate confluence of personnel and events. The two lead actors, MacLachlin & Nouri, had just reached their respective peaks in their careers and both were at the top of their game (both careers went into downswing afterward but it can't be blamed on this film). In fact, I'd venture that this film contains both their best roles. Nouri is the strong-willed earth-man cop and MacLachlan takes full advantage of his unusual persona to play an alien visitor (sort of like Jeff Bridges in "Starman"/1984, but Bridges had to try harder). The supporting cast are all great too, with many having to play two versions of themselves. Who can forget Christian as an exotic dancer suddenly gone gun-crazy? There's a lot of inherent humor in such scenes. The best and most memorable must be the one with Boyett acquiring a Ferrari in his own alien style. Just unforgettable.

Unfortunately, there was a forgettable and quite awful sequel several years later. But this remains one of the most unique, vivid alien visitor/invader films of the eighties and nineties.


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