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Hide and Seek -- For young Emily Callaway, her games of Hide-and-Seek with an imaginary friend named Charlie have become anything but simple and innocent. Instead she finds herself in the middle of a series of increasingly nightmarish acts that even her father David cannot stop.
Hide and Seek -- As a widower tries to piece together his life in the wake of his wife's suicide, his daughter finds solace -- at first -- in her imaginary friend.


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Writer (WGA):
Ari Schlossberg (written by)
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28 January 2005 (USA) See more »
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As a widower tries to piece together his life in the wake of his wife's suicide, his daughter finds solace -- at first -- in her imaginary friend. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert De Niro ... David Callaway

Dakota Fanning ... Emily Callaway

Famke Janssen ... Katherine

Elisabeth Shue ... Elizabeth

Amy Irving ... Alison Callaway

Dylan Baker ... Sheriff Hafferty

Melissa Leo ... Laura

Robert John Burke ... Steven
Molly Grant Kallins ... Amy
David Chandler ... Mr. Haskins

Stewart Summers ... Doctor
Jake Dylan Baumer ... Disturbed Boy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Josh Flitter ... Little Boy (uncredited)

Alicia Harding ... Waitress (uncredited)

James McCaffrey ... Charlie (uncredited)
Rose Pasquale ... Gas Customer (uncredited)

Brendan Sexton III ... Store Clerk (uncredited)

Directed by
John Polson 
Writing credits
Ari Schlossberg (written by)

Produced by
Joseph M. Caracciolo Jr. .... executive producer
Barry Josephson .... producer
Dana Robin .... co-producer
John P. Rogers .... co-producer
Original Music by
John Ottman 
Cinematography by
Dariusz Wolski 
Film Editing by
Jeffrey Ford 
Casting by
Amanda Mackey Johnson 
Cathy Sandrich 
Production Design by
Steven J. Jordan 
Art Direction by
Emily Beck 
Dennis Bradford 
Set Decoration by
Beth Kushnick 
Costume Design by
Aude Bronson-Howard 
Makeup Department
Annemarie Bradley .... additional hair stylist
Milton Buras .... key hair stylist
John Caglione Jr. .... makeup department head
Ilona Herman .... hair stylist: Mr. De Niro
Ilona Herman .... makeup artist: Mr. De Niro
Francesca Buccellato .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Joseph Farulla .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Mary Anne Spano .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Joe Hartwick Jr. .... production supervisor
Dana Robin .... unit production manager
Patrick Esposito .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Deanna Leslie .... key second assistant director (as Deanna Leslie Kelly)
Patrick Mangan .... second assistant director (as Patrick J. Mangan)
Michelle Regina .... dga trainee
Thomas A. Reilly .... first assistant director (as Tom Reilly)
Shannon Von Ronne .... second second assistant director (as Shannon M. Von Ronne)
Art Department
Wally Adee .... property master (re-shoot)
Michael Auszura .... assistant art director
David Cooney .... storyboard artist
Vivienne Culwick .... camera scenic
John Davis .... storyboard artist
Frank Didio .... co-construction coordinator
Kathryn Freund .... set dresser
Jeffrey L. Glave .... scenic chargeman
Adam Goodnoff-Cernese .... set dresser
Matthew Guarriello .... construction grip
Vincent Guarriello .... key construction grip
Judy Gurr .... assistant set decorator
Julia G. Hickman .... art department coordinator
Jordan Jacobs .... assistant art director
Nancy Jordan .... art department coordinator
Dan Kuchar .... assistant art director
Bernard Lyster .... dressing props
Christopher G. Markunas .... carpenter (as C.G. Markunas)
Vinny Mazzarella .... assistant property master
Talia Mendillo .... scenic industrial
Mike Montgomery .... construction grip
Joseph S. Patire .... carpenter (as Joe Patire)
Jane Patterson-Loper .... assistant property master: re-shoot (as Jane Patterson)
Ron Petagna .... carpenter
Andrew Rossig .... carpenter
David Schanker .... assistant props
Karl Shefelman .... storyboard artist
Richard Tenewitz .... carpenter
James Whelan .... set dresser
Joan Winters .... graphic designer
Scott Woods .... illustrator
Robert Antalocy .... carpenter (uncredited)
Erin Manigault .... carpenter (uncredited)
Richard Tenewitz .... construction coordinator: reshoots (uncredited)
Sound Department
Erik Aadahl .... sound designer
Laurel Bridges .... utility sound
Derek Casari .... adr engineer
Derek Casari .... foley engineer
Dawn Fintor .... foley artist
Tim Gomillion .... sound recordist
Doug Hemphill .... sound re-recording mixer (as D.M. Hemphill)
Warren Hendriks .... first assistant sound editor
Mildred Iatrou .... dialogue editor (as Mildred Iatrou Morgan)
R.J. Kizer .... adr editor
R.J. Kizer .... dialogue editor
Dave Kulczycki .... sound editor (as David Kulczycki)
John A. Larsen .... supervising sound editor
Skip Longfellow .... assistant sound editor
David Lucarelli .... adr recordist
Paul Massey .... sound re-recording mixer
John Murray .... foley supervisor (as John M. Murray)
Howard Neiman .... foley editor
Tom Nelson .... sound mixer
Steve F. Price .... foley editor
Charleen Richards .... adr mixer (as Charleen Richards-Stevees)
Dennis Rogers .... sound recordist
Mike Schmidt .... boom operator
William Stein .... re-recording engineer
Alicia Stevenson .... foley artist
Elliot Tyson .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Anthony Woodman .... sound librarian
Alex Raspa .... adr mixer: New York (uncredited)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Wilfred Caban .... special effects foreman (as Will Caban)
Carmen M. Campolo Jr. .... special effects assistant (as Carmen Campolo Jr.)
Steven Kirshoff .... special effects coordinator (as Steve Kirshoff)
David Kleinstein .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Ryan Beadle .... digital I/O
Cosmas Paul Bolger Jr. .... visual effects supervisor
Steve Caldwell .... digital compositor
Joe Finley .... digital intermediate colorist
R.J. Harbour .... digital compositor
Shaina Holmes .... digital compositor
Shaina Holmes .... digital coordinator
Lori C. Miller .... digital compositor
Marco S. Paolini .... digital compositor
Amani Williams .... digital compositor
Brian Gyss .... digital imaging: Modern VideoFilm (uncredited)
G.A. Aguilar .... stunt coordinator
John Cenatiempo .... stunt double
Blaise Corrigan .... stunts
Jeffrey Lee Gibson .... stunts
John Polce .... stunts (as John J. Polce)
Gary Tacon .... stunts
Shawnna Thibodeau .... stunt double: Famke Janssen
Camera and Electrical Department
Sebastián Almeida .... camera loader
Colin Anderson .... Steadicam operator
Colin Anderson .... camera operator
Robert M. Andres .... key grip
Will Arnot .... Steadicam operator
Will Arnot .... camera operator: "b" camera
K.C. Bailey .... still photographer
Liza Bambenek .... camera loader
Angela Bellisio .... assistant camera
Vincent Camuto .... video assist assistant
Vincent Camuto .... video assist playback
Patrick Capone .... director of photography: second unit
Lamont Crawford .... second dolly grip
Doug Dalisera .... best boy electric
Stanley Fernandez Jr. .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Joel Holland .... video assist operator
William Moore .... electrician
Heather Norton .... first assistant camera: "a" camera, re-shoots
Thomas O'Connor .... rigging electrician
Phil Pastuhov .... aerial director of photography
Darren Ryan .... 24 frame video operator
Patrick Shelby .... second unit: key grip
J. Dan Wright .... light balloon technician
Casting Department
Aisha Coley .... casting executive
Sig De Miguel .... casting associate
Johnny Gidcomb .... adr casting
Wendy Weidman .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Susan Bakula .... lead costume tailor
Addie Hall .... costumer
Cheryl Kilbourne-Kimpton .... wardrobe supervisor
Marcie Olivi .... costumer: Mr. De Niro
Monica Ruiz-Ziegler .... costume coordinator
JP Sarni .... wardrobe assistant
Kevin P. Faherty .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Jeff Mee .... post-production coordinator
Sandra Nash .... assistant editor
Jim Passon .... color timer
Craig Tanner .... associate editor
Sarah Thiessen .... first assistant editor
Lonnie A. Mathes .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Chris McClintock .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
Music Department
Debbi Datz-Pyle .... score contractor
Robert Fernandez .... scoring mixer
Rick Giovinazzo .... additional orchestrator
Amanda Goodpaster .... music editor
M.B. Gordy .... musician: Percussion
Mark Graham .... music librarian
Damon Intrabartolo .... conductor
Damon Intrabartolo .... orchestrator
Mike Knobloch .... music executive
Jason Lloyd .... scoring cue mixer
Frank Macchia .... additional orchestrator
Larry Mah .... digital score recordist
Sujin Nam .... score coordinator
John Ottman .... orchestrator
Lior Rosner .... additional music arranger
Lior Rosner .... additional orchestrator
Bart Samolis .... musician
Steven Saxton .... executive music producer
Jeffrey Schindler .... additional orchestrator (as Jeff Schindler)
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
Tom Steel .... scoring stage manager
Casey Stone .... music scoring mixer
Erich Stratmann .... music editor: temp music
Bill Talbott .... scoring technician
Gordon Wimpress .... scoring intern
Mark Jan Wlodarkiewicz .... music editor: temp music (as Mark Wlodarkiewicz)
Transportation Department
William 'Mac' Maquez .... driver
Thomas McGoldrick .... driver: cast
Edward O'Donnell .... transportation coordinator
Gabe Turiello .... driver: cast
Other crew
Peter Anders .... craft service
Peter Bobrow .... location assistant
Peter Bobrow .... location manager: second unit
Oren Bonen .... on-set production assistant: Mr. De Niro
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot: aerial unit (as Al Cerullo Jr.)
Jan Cerwonka .... studio teacher
Felix Chen .... payroll accountant
Kathy Ciric .... location manager
Daniel B. Cone .... production assistant
Kimberly Cooper .... production executive
Jennifer Crammer .... assistant production coordinator
Tony Cypres .... first assistant accountant
Erin S. Ellescas .... assistant: Mr. Carraciolo Jr.
Andrew Fiero .... production assistant
Melissa Gelernter .... assistant: Mr. Josephson
Laurie Gershon .... product placement/clearances
Dave Ginsberg .... location scout
Matthew Gordon .... production assistant
Catherine Gore .... script supervisor
Eli Gurevich .... second assistant accountant
Alexes Hargrove .... staff set production assistant
Michael Hartel .... assistant location manager
Mark D. Houston .... assistant post-production accountant
Perry M. Kimura .... digital scanning and recording: EFILM
Rachel Konstantin .... stand-in
Stosh Kozlowski .... location assistant
Kim Krafsky .... animal trainer
Eric Ladd .... title design
Amy Leigh Johnson .... publicist
Anita Maffei .... set production assistant
Seth Marshall .... assistant: Robert De Niro
Steve McAuliff .... animal trainer
Melissa Milo .... assistant: Mr. De Niro
Michael Wilson Morgan .... sound stage manager
Michael Wilson Morgan .... studio services manager
Rick Negron .... adr loop group
Kyle O'Brien .... production accountant
Gerald Orange .... security: Mr. De Niro (as Gerald L. Orange)
Susan Orga .... location coordinator
Evan T. Reilly .... script coordinator
Matt Robken .... assistant: Mr. Polson, Los Angeles
Kara Ryan .... production assistant
Stephen A. Sands .... psychological consultant
Andrew Saxe .... location manager
Daisy Schwartz .... on-set assistant
Susan Silas .... location scout
Mark Sussman .... additional voice
Beau Tipton .... production assistant
David Velasco .... location scout
Janice Williams .... production coordinator
Mark J. Wylie .... assistant: Mr. De Niro
Alexander Young .... assistant: Mr. Josephson (as Alexander F. Young)
David Zaretsky .... assistant: Mr. Polson, New York
Richie Adams .... title designer: main title sequence (uncredited)

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Rated R for frightening sequences and violence
101 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Famke Janssen said she wouldn't have done this movie had Robert De Niro not been attached.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Emily is laying on her bedroom floor, she draws a picture of her and Charlie at the window, but she draws herself with blonde hair, the actress's natural hair color.See more »
[first lines]
Emily:No, no, no.
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Does Emily like Charlie?
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Why didn't Emily tell her father the truth about "Charlie"?
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193 out of 328 people found the following review useful.
A classic underachiever., 26 January 2005
Author: John DeSando ( from Columbus, Ohio

Maybe Robert De Niro's doctor in Godsend (2004) went to the same medical school of horrors as his Dr. David Callaway in Hide and Seek, this year's De Niro toss away film, from which he deposits his considerable paycheck along with cash from Meet the Fockers. Why he doesn't concentrate his fortune and connections (as Clint Eastwood does) to craft an artful small film that would allow his acting gifts is the only mystery for me from his prolific but arguably spotty career.

Young Emily Callaway (Dakota Fanning) has lost her mother (Amy Irving) to suicide. Psychologist dad moves her to an older, rambling house in the woods in upstate New York to start a new life. Not new are the abundant clichés of the horror film: the suspicious neighbors, whom director John Polson makes as creepy as possible; the questionable sheriff; the doors leading to scares; the mutilated dolls; Emily's imaginary friend, Charlie, who appears to be causing numberless offenses in the house; and knives placed as objects of intrinsic interest; and a vulnerable girl friend, Elizabeth (Elisabeth Shue). I stopped counting, for the film is one extended cliché after another.

The interest for serious filmgoers might be the depiction of the psychological stat after a loss to suicide. Whatever the term might be such as "post-traumatic stress disorder syndrome," the film does a credible job showing how difficult it is for Emily to lead a normal life after the loss of her mother (and for her father as well). While there are echoes of Stephen King (The Shining's "Here's Johnny" comes to mind) and Hitchcock (think shower scene), there is no comparison in quality with those classics. The audience at the preview enjoyed some of the stock shock moments behind the many closed doors. Hide and Seek will titillate horror fans but disappoint discerning film buffs, who look for some believable edge and innovation.

Milton in Paradise Lost expressed the descent from happiness to despair: "Farewell happy fields, Where joy forever dwells: hail, horrors!" Hide and Seek is not a classic horror film; it is a classic underachiever.

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