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The Hidden (1987)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Horror  |  30 October 1987 (USA)
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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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Brenda Lee Van Buren
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Jonathan Miller
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Michael Buckley
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An alien parasite with the ability to possess human bodies goes on a violent crime spree in LA, committing dozens of murders and robberies. In pursuit of the extraterrestrial criminal is another alien disguised as an FBI agent, and the local officer investigating the rash of violence. As they close in on the vicious intruder, the city faces a brutal threat like no other it has ever encountered. Written by Anonymous

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A new breed of criminal. See more »


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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

Claudia Christian (Brenda the stripper) likes to tell two stories about her experience in this film. First is the design of her wardrobe: the producers found her breasts visually inadequate, and so designed her costumes to emphasize her buttocks instead. Second is her eye injury: the material exploding from a prop gun scratched her cornea painfully. Because of this, whenever she had to fire a prop gun on Babylon 5 (1994) she would instinctively turn her face away when pulling the trigger, even though this was unnecessary because the Babylon 5 prop guns did not really fire, as all visual effects were to be added in later. See more »

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In both cuts of the stairs chase in Neptune Mannequins building, the boom mic is visible. See more »

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Barbara Beck: Where did you grow up?
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References Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) See more »

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Black Girl White Girl
Written by Stiv Bators and Brian James
Performed by The Lords of the New Church
Produced by The Lords of the New Church
Published by Illegal Songs, Inc.
Administered by Atlantic Music Corp. (BMI)
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The best performance of MacLachlan's Career
4 October 1999 | by (california) – See all my reviews

This movie is extremely well-made for what it is. Fascinating, thought-provoking, it surprised the Hell out of me when I first saw it. This could have been a "gimmick" sci-fi movie, but it's handled deftly by the director, who I had never heard of, and by MacLachlan, who gives a terrific, sensitive, multi-layered performance.

For that matter, most of characters have real dimension to them. This movie transcends a rather bland, run-of-the-mill science fiction story with the chemistry between its characters and the snappy pacing. I like the way the themes of identity and compassion are actually explored instead of just exploited.


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