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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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Senator Holt
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James Luisi ...
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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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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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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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Of all his films, director Jack Sholder says this is his favorite. See more »

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Shadow of camera car visible in first car chase. 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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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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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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