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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.


Jack Sholder


Jim Kouf (as Bob Hunt)
4 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »





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


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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It's only human on the outside... See more »


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Release Date:

30 October 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lo oculto See more »


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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kyle MacLachlan and Chris Mulkey later starred together on Twin Peaks (1990). See more »


In the initial chase scene, the Ferrari and the police cross a street with green light. In a camera angle change from the other street, the light is green too. See more »


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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Still in Hollywood
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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Suspense; with a twist!!!
20 February 2004 | by sp27343See all my reviews

I REALLY liked this movie. It's a shame more people didn't see it. I didn't think much about seeing it until I saw a TODAY Show interview with Michael Nouri and his discussion about how he was reluctant to do it at first. He had said he didn't what to do a sci-fi movie, but after reading the script, and talking with the production team he was sold. This movie played out as a straight police-caper type movie for the first half, and then it moves into the sci-fi stuff later. The movie is kind of funny in that Mike N. plays it completely straight as a homicide detective, and can't believe his ears, or know what to make of Kyle's spacey FBI Agent character for the first 45 minutes or so. They soon grow into a team, once it is realized what their up against. I have rented it from time to time over the years, and it holds up well. In all; a great movie!!

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