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The Hidden (1987)

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Law abiding people suddenly become violent criminals. A cop and an FBI agent race for answers in this sci-fi thriller.

Director:

Jack Sholder

Writer:

Jim Kouf (as Bob Hunt)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kyle MacLachlan ... Lloyd Gallagher
Michael Nouri ... Tom Beck
Claudia Christian ... Brenda Lee Van Buren
Clarence Felder ... Lt. John Masterson
Clu Gulager ... Lt. Ed Flynn
Ed O'Ross ... Cliff Willis
William Boyett ... Jonathan Miller
Richard Brooks ... Sanchez
Larry Cedar ... Brem
Katherine Cannon ... Barbara Beck
John McCann ... Senator Holt
Chris Mulkey ... Jack DeVries
Lin Shaye ... Carol Miller
James Luisi ... Ferrari Salesman
Frank Renzulli ... 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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A new breed of criminal. See more »


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Trivia

Three years after Kyle MacLachlan starred in The Hidden, he originated his signature role as another youthful FBI agent, Dale Cooper, on Twin Peaks (1990), which he later reprised in the film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992) and the sequel series Twin Peaks (2017). But by the time Fire Walk with Me started filming, MacLachlan was becoming worried about being typecast so he declined to appear in the film. See more »

Goofs

In the Ferrari car chase in the beginning of the movie, the Ferrari logo disappears and reappears four or five times. See more »

Quotes

Lt. John Masterson: Look, Ed, Tom Beck is the best I've got. If I give him to you, I'll never get him back again. My department will then crumble, crime will run rampant, the city will fall into ruin, rampaging hordes will control the streets, and life as we know it will end.
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Referenced in The Faculty (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

You Make Me Feel So Young
Performed by Bruno Gumbotz
Written by Josef Myrow (as Joseph Myrow), Mack Gordon (as Mack Gorden)
Published by Warner Brothers Music Co. ASCAP
Produced by Joe Fineman
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More Alien Bang Bang for the Buck
5 August 2005 | by BogmeisterSee all my reviews

This starts out with a bang, literally, and doesn't let up for the entire film. The picture zips along, whether with speedy car chases or interesting suspense, keeping the audience on their toes. We can credit director Sholder for keeping things exciting but I also suspect this was one those scripts that wasn't tampered with much (which is as it should be for most scripts, but isn't in Hollywood). For sheer level of entertainment as a sci-fi thriller, this approaches Terminator (84) - the one to beat. Some of the premise is similar, featuring an unstoppable menace. You're always guaranteed an adrenaline rush with scenes of cops firing their weapons repeatedly at someone who just won't fall down; they may slow him or it down, perhaps stagger it, but in the end they need something more than just bullets.

This pic represents a fortunate confluence of personnel and events. The two lead actors, MacLachlin & Nouri, had just reached their respective peaks in their careers and both were at the top of their game (both careers went into downswing afterward but it can't be blamed on this film). In fact, I'd venture that this film contains both their best roles. Nouri is the strong-willed earth-man cop and MacLachlan takes full advantage of his unusual persona to play an alien visitor (sort of like Jeff Bridges in "Starman"/1984, but Bridges had to try harder). The supporting cast are all great too, with many having to play two versions of themselves. Who can forget Christian as an exotic dancer suddenly gone gun-crazy? There's a lot of inherent humor in such scenes. The best and most memorable must be the one with Boyett acquiring a Ferrari in his own alien style. Just unforgettable.

Unfortunately, there was a forgettable and quite awful sequel several years later. But this remains one of the most unique, vivid alien visitor/invader films of the eighties and nineties.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,492,618, 1 November 1987

Gross USA:

$9,747,988

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,747,988
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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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