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The Hidden (1987)

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An alien parasite with the ability to possess human bodies goes on a violent crime spree in LA, pursued by a human cop and an alien cop inhabiting a human body.

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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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It killed 37 people, robbed 6 banks, 2 liquor stores, a record shop and stole 2 ferraris. Now the fun starts. It just took over a police station. See more »

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Action | Crime | Horror | Sci-Fi

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30 October 1987 (USA)  »

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Lo oculto  »

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$9,747,988 (USA)
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Early in the movie, when Tom Beck is about to shoot at DeVries speeding in a Ferrari, he throws his jacket haphazardly over his car door. In the next shot his jacket is very neatly folded over his car door. See more »

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[Lloyd takes Beck for a ride in his Porsche]
Tom Beck: Bureau must be paying pretty good these days.
Lloyd Gallagher: Pretty good.
Tom Beck: Mind me asking how much one of these costs?
Lloyd Gallagher: No.
Tom Beck: How much?
Lloyd Gallagher: I don't know.
Tom Beck: You don't know? What did you do, steal it?
Lloyd Gallagher: Yeah.
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On Your Feet
Written by Erb/Hix
Performed by Shok Paris
Produced by Denny Nowak and Bill Peters
Published by Auburn Music / I.R.S. Music, Inc.
Administered by Atlantic Music Corp. (BMI)
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I Agree: Entertaining As Anything!
16 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I wrote the following three paragraphs and then scanned some of the reviews....only to find everyone else saying pretty much the same thing as I had written, namely that this movie is a hidden gem and enormously entertaining. Well, add my name to the list of admirers.

Here's a low-grade sci-fi/crime story that is amazingly entertaining. It's a fast- paced account of normal people taking turns being inhabited by an alien being and suddenly turning into out-of-control killing machines. It guess it kind of sounds dumb, but seeing it is better than describing it. The characters in here are wild.

Kyle MacLachlan plays his normal mid-80s strange character, a la Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks, etc. Here, he is the FBI agent....or is he?

On the first viewing I found Michael Nouri's role as too abrasive, taking away from some of the fun of viewing this, but, in future viewings he was more tolerable. What also helps this film is a little bit of humor thrown in here and there. It will probably wind up as a cult classic.


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