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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brenda Lee Van Buren
Lt. John Masterson
William Boyett ...
Jonathan Miller
John McCann ...
Senator Holt
James Luisi ...
Ferrari Salesman
Michael Buckley


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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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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Release Date:

30 October 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lo oculto  »

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$9,747,988 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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The movie has several notable cars used in its car chases. FBI Agent Lloyd Gallagher (Kyle MacLachlan) drives a beige Porche 928. Jack DeVries (Chris Mulkey) drives a black Ferrari 308 GTB. Jonathan Miller (William Boyett) steals a red Ferrari Mondial convertible. Brenda Lee Van Buren (Claudia Christian) steals a light green 1980s Cadillac Sedan Deville. See more »


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 »


Tom Beck: I'll cover you.
Lloyd Gallagher: I'd be safer if you didn't.
Tom Beck: Fine, I won't cover you.
Lloyd Gallagher: Alright, cover me.
Tom Beck: Do you want me to fucking cover you or not?
Lloyd Gallagher: I need you to cover me.
Tom Beck: Fine. I'll cover you.
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Referenced in Shakedown (1988) See more »


Written by Mark Tanner, Jeff Klevan and The Truth
Performed by The Truth
Produced by Roy Thomas Baker
Published by New Line Music / Almo Music
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An excellent movie with fascinating twists and turns to the plot, a must see
1 October 2004 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

This movie is best seen without knowing much about the plot. It starts off as standard action movie where you follow a policeman who is investigating some strange event of a seemingly normal person kind of going crazy and suddenly committing thefts, violence, escaping the police. As the story develops, the story turns in unexpected but very fascinating directions.

The pace is kept high, never does ones attention wander. The acting is good and the story comes over as very real. I won't reveal too much here of what happens later as there are many elements of surprise which adds to the whole experience.

This is one of the movies that I have enjoyed watching several times. My vote is a 9.

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