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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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4 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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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 killed 37 people, robbed 6 banks, 2 liquor stores, a record shop and stole 2 ferraris. Now the fun starts. It just took over a police station. 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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A character named DeVries already appeared in "Dune" (1984), another sci-fi film also starring Kyle MacLachlan. See more »

Goofs

Before the Cadillac crashes through the display window, its trunk lid is open; after the crash it is solidly closed. See more »

Quotes

Tom Beck: Doesn't anyone say please any more?
Lloyd Gallagher: Please.
Tom Beck: How can I refuse?
Lloyd Gallagher: You can't.
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Connections

Remade as The Seed (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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Diamond in the Rough
31 January 2005 | by Andy JacksonSee all my reviews

What is "the Hidden"? Exactly what the name implies. It's like searching for a diamond in a pile of coal. There are a lot of stupid, inane sci-fi action pics out there with some boring spin on the alien possession story, but this movie has something that those lack. Compelling characters. What, you say? A character study in sci-fi? Well, yes and no. It is as far away from a after-school TV drama, but the characters do have depth and they aren't cookie board cut-outs. Kyle MacLachlan, before his dark days of "showgirls", and Michael Nouri(Flashdance) star in this buddy-cop film, on the track of a killing-spree that seems to change with different humans. This film is a taught, well acted story. Sometimes creepy, sometimes genuinely funny. The score, although definitively 80s, complements the film with subtle overtones that enhance the viewing experience. A very good film that has a fair amount of blood and gore, but does not revolve around those genre staples. Overall, it's a safe bet for a good time. Watch it with someone you love.


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