Hidden in America (1996)

TV Movie  |  PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  1 December 1996 (USA)
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Story of a man Bill Januson whose pride in being the head of his family won't let him accept help from his sick daughters doctor. He has to prove to his kids that even with the death of his... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Januson
Dr. Michael Millerton
Shelton Dane ...
Robbie Januson
Edward Millerton
Allegra Denton ...
Nick Johne ...
Nicky Guadagni ...
Hospital Administrator
Liisa Repo-Martell ...
Pixie Bigelow ...
Marian Millerton
Mr. Tatum


Story of a man Bill Januson whose pride in being the head of his family won't let him accept help from his sick daughters doctor. He has to prove to his kids that even with the death of his wife and the loss of his job that they can and will survive. After hitting brick wall after brick wall comes a glimmer of hope. Written by Richard Jones <rjo339@swbell.net>

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Rated PG-13 for disturbing plot material | See all certifications »

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1 December 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Escondido na América  »

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Not quite on the level of Bell's great "American Heart" and "Streetwise", but well worth seeing
14 March 2012 | by (US) – See all my reviews

A moving drama about the under-explored tragedy of hunger among those out of work, or under employed in modern America – especially how it effects the children of those families.

However, unlike Bell's great earlier films "American Heart", which explored an ex-con trying to re-integrate into society, or his documentary 'Streetwise' which unblinkingly studied runaway teens in Seattle, this film feels a bit soft, and just a a touch preachy.

Of course, this was a TV movie, not a feature, and that could explain the slight lack of edge. It's still bravely dark compared to most American films, but there's never a question of the film's agenda here. Of course that's partly due to the difference in subject, but it effects everything; the lighting, the music, even the supporting cast (producer Jeff Bridges appears as a rich doctor, and while he's one of the best American actors of our time, there's something distracting about seeing him in a cameo in a film starring his brother, where the two men are treated as unrelated and never even meet on screen).

Beau Bridges does his usual very solid job as the father, likable and human if headstrong and too prideful to get the help his family needs. And generally the acting is all quite good. I just felt a little manipulated – to a good cause and a good end mind you – something I never felt in Bell's previous work. In the end, though, the importance of the story, and the strength of the performances win out, and this is still very much a film worth seeing.

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