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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

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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Storyline

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 »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lo oculto See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$9,747,988
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During an interview on TNT in 1994, Claudia Christian mentioned The Hidden as being her prior experience with aliens. She said this qualified her to work on Babylon 5 (1994). See more »

Goofs

Early in the movie, when Tom Beck is about to shoot at DeVries speeding in a Ferrari, he throws his jacket haphazardly over his car door. In the next shot his jacket is very neatly folded over his car door. See more »

Quotes

Jonathan Miller: [Knocking on the door to the Ferrari salesman's back office] I want the car.
Ferrari Salesman: What's that wacko still doing here?
[shouting to the security-guard]
Ferrari Salesman: Eddie!
Jonathan Miller: [Opens the office door, pushes Eddie's dead body into the office, enters, holding a gun] I need the key.
Ferrari Salesman: [to Michael Buckley] Give him the key.
Michael Buckley: Hey, I just signed the papers!
Ferrari Salesman: Give him the fucking key!
[Michael Buckley gives Miller the car-key]
Jonathan Miller: Thank you. 'Bye.
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Connections

Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: Ghost Rider (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Your Haunted Head
Performed by Concrete Blonde
Written by Johnette Napolitano (as J. Napolitane)
Published by Happy Hermit Music / I.R.S. Music, Inc.
Administered by Bug Music (BMI)
Produced by Earle Mankey & Concrete Blonde
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The best performance of MacLachlan's Career
4 October 1999 | by stills-6See all my reviews

This movie is extremely well-made for what it is. Fascinating, thought-provoking, it surprised the Hell out of me when I first saw it. This could have been a "gimmick" sci-fi movie, but it's handled deftly by the director, who I had never heard of, and by MacLachlan, who gives a terrific, sensitive, multi-layered performance.

For that matter, most of characters have real dimension to them. This movie transcends a rather bland, run-of-the-mill science fiction story with the chemistry between its characters and the snappy pacing. I like the way the themes of identity and compassion are actually explored instead of just exploited.


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