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The Hidden (1987)

An alien parasite with the ability to possess human bodies goes on a violent crime spree in L.A. A human cop, detective Tom Beck, and an alien cop posing as a young FBI agent Lloyd Gallagher both pursue the parasite who frequently changes his human hosts.

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Brenda Lee Van Buren
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Lt. John Masterson
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William Boyett ...
Jonathan Miller
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Sanchez
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Brem
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John McCann ...
Senator Holt
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James Luisi ...
Ferrari Salesman
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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 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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1.85 : 1
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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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At the end of the first car chase Sanchez and some of the other officers train their shotguns toward the speeding Ferrari of DeVries. The next shot shows these officers standing with their guns at their side, while in the shot after that, their guns are once again pointed towards the Ferrari. See more »

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Barbara Beck: Where did you grow up?
[Lloyd points upwards]
Barbara Beck: What is that? North?
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References Dune (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Out of Control (In My Car)
Written by Mark Tanner and Kevin Benson
Performed by ULI
Produced by Mark Tanner
Published by New Line Music / Almo Music
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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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