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Hollow Man (2000)

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When the leader of a team of scientists volunteers to be the test subject for their experiment in human invisibility, he slowly unravels and turns against them, with horrific consequences.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Warehouse Guard
Boy in Car (as Jeffrey George Scaperotta)
Sarah Bowles ...
Kelli Scott ...


Having discovered they could turn animals invisible, a group of scientists test the subject on a human. Head of research, Dr. Sebastian Caine decides to use himself as the subject. After the experiment can't be reversed, it takes a toll on Caine's personality, causing him to hunt down and kill his colleagues

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


What would you do if you knew you couldn't be seen? See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, language and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 August 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El hombre sin sombra  »

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Box Office


$95,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,414,386, 6 August 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$73,209,340, 19 November 2000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

(8 channels)| |


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kevin Bacon and Josh Brolin later appeared in comic book adaptations: -Kevin Bacon in X-Men: First Class (2011) and R.I.P.D. (2013). -Josh Brolin in Men in Black 3 (2012), and the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Thanos, he also appeared in Jonah Hex (2010), which is also a comic book adaptation. Josh Brolin will also be appearing as Cable in the Marvel film Deadpool 2 (2018) See more »


After Sebastian (Kevin Bacon) has become invisible, the 3 main characters are walking him to the observation room where he sits down on the bed. After Linda (Elizabeth Shue) says the line "about time the shoe's on the other foot", she nudges him down onto the bed, turns and briefly looks directly into the camera, then obviously realizing her mistake, quickly looks away. See more »


[first lines]
Sebastian: [another failed molecule design] Damn it!
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Referenced in X-Men (2000) See more »


Performed by Juliana Hatfield
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User Reviews

Entertaining Verhoeven Film
21 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

It seems a lot of IMDB comments on this film are biased, in the sense that they try to compare it to an older version. True, "HOLLOW MAN" is a remake of sorts of "THE INVISIBLE MAN", but that's where the similarities end. "HOLLOW MAN" is an entertaining movie,period. If you watch a movie with the intention of finding as many flaws as possible, then you shouldn't watch movies in the first place. True, some movies are plain horrendous and unbearable, but "HOLLOW MAN" manages to entertain and make you think what YOU would do if you were invisible and if you had your ex getting laid with one of your friends. Kevin Bacon stars as a eccentric scientist who, along with a team of collaborators, discover the way to make animals invisible. Now his mission is to make them visible again. When this team of young scientists (working, as you might guess, for the Pentagon)think they have the formula for making animals visible again, Kevin bacon volunteers to be the first to try the new experimental drug. After that, of course, things go wrong, as Kevin Bacon remains invisible for the rest of the movie and is obliged to wear a latex mask, so his collaborators know where he is. Feelings of paranoia and desperation begin to take over Kevin's character, and when he finds out that his ex girlfriend AND collaborator (Elisabeth Shue) is having a torrid affair with another of the young scientists in the team, he finally snaps. The movie then turns into a hybrid of "ALIEN" and a slasher flick, but that's not saying it's a bad turn. There are scares and chills and the movie moves at a nice pace. The special effects are top notch (a quality always prevalent in ALL of Paul Verhoeven's films)as we get to see some "body reconstitution" sequences never seen on a movie before. If there's anything to complain about, perhaps, is the predictability of the situations herein; by the first hour of the movie you KNOW Kevin bacon will make the jump from being weird and eccentric to being a homicidal lunatic in the end. And the ending is a bit abrupt, but despite this, HOLLOW MAN is still worth watching. If you want to know what a TRULY bad movie is, then waste your money on "FEAR DOT COM" (With Stephen Dorf) or the even worse THE UNTOLD (or "Sasquatsh", with Land Henriksen). Now THAT is "hollow"! 8* out of 10*!

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