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


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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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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie has several notable cars used in its car chases. FBI Agent Lloyd Gallagher (Kyle MacLachlan) drives a beige Porche 928. Jack DeVries (Chris Mulkey) drives a black Ferrari 308 GTB. Jonathan Miller (William Boyett) steals a red Ferrari Mondial convertible. Brenda Lee Van Buren (Claudia Christian) steals a light green 1980s Cadillac Sedan Deville. See more »

Goofs

When the stripper Brenda leaves the strip club she is wearing only a red dress . a minute later she is wearing a leopard skin overcoat which she wore during her on stage act but didn't take with her. 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 Pump Up the Volume (1990) See more »

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Say Good Bye
Performed by Hunters & Collectors
Written by Hunters & Collectors
Published by Human Frailty / I.R.S. Music, Inc.
Administered by Atlantic Music Corp. (BMI)
Produced by Gavin MacKillop and Hunters & Collectors
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Enormously entertaining b-grade sci fi thriller with an awesome body count!
8 May 2003 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

'The Hidden' is one of those movies you might easily pass by on first glance, assuming it's just your standard 1980s b-grade trash. The thing is it's FANTASTIC 1980s b-grade trash! This is one of the most entertaining sci fi thrillers you'll ever see, and lovers of cinematic violence will be thrilled by its body count, which is one of the highest you'll see outside a Hong Kong action movie. Michael Nouri ('Flashdance'... yeah, I know) is a cop tailing an average guy who has seemingly snapped and turned into a homicidal maniac. He is teamed with a kooky FBI agent ('Blue Velvet's Kyle MacLachlan) who knows a lot more than he lets on. Very quickly Kyle goes all 'Starman' on us, and Nouri soon realizes that he's actually on the trail of an extraterrestrial psycho who is taking over people's bodies so he can go on a rampage of murder, car theft, fatty foods and heavy metal music! So okay, this isn't the most cerebral movie in the world but I defy anybody not to have a ball watching it! The supporting cast includes Claudia Christian ('Babylon 5') as a foxy looking stripper, Clu Gulager ('The Killers') as Nouri's superior, and even a blink and you'll miss it cameo from future tough guy legend Danny Trejo ('From Dusk Til Dawn',etc.) as a convict. 'The Hidden' is a non-stop action ride, and the cheesiest 1980s fun this side of 'Maniac Cop'. Highly recommended.


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