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Hiding Out (1987)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 6 November 1987 (USA)
A stockbroker on the run from the mob decides to hide out from them by enrolling as a student in high school.


Bob Giraldi
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Cryer ... Andrew Morenski / Max Hauser
Keith Coogan ... Patrick Morenski
Annabeth Gish ... Ryan Campbell
Oliver Cotton ... Killer
Claude Brooks Claude Brooks ... Clinton
Tim Quill ... Kevin O'Roarke (as Tim Quill)
Alexandra Auder Alexandra Auder ... Melissa
Tony Soper Tony Soper ... Ahern
Ned Eisenberg ... Rodriguez
Marita Geraghty ... Janie Rooney
Steven Small Steven Small ... Driver
Johnny Walker Johnny Walker ... Pratt (as John Walker)
John Spencer ... Bakey
Gretchen Cryer Gretchen Cryer ... Aunt Lucy
Anne Pitoniak Anne Pitoniak ... Grandma Jennie


A very successful stock broker is called to court to testify against a mob boss who was into some inside trading. They hide him because of death threats. He gets caught in a gun battle and has to flee. He ends up hiding out as a student in a high school. He has to adjust to how things have changed as a teenager. The bad guys find him and he has fight it out in the high school gym. Written by John Julien <jcjulien@eos.ncsu.edu>

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There's only one thing more frightening than murder: High School. See more »


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Did You Know?


Aunt Lucy is actually Jon Cryer's mother Gretchen. See more »


[various]: Annoyingly frequently. See more »


Patrick Morenski: Okay, on one end of the spectrum you've got homo, and on the other you've got hetero. Then there's me, way the fuck over here!
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Crazy Credits

The song Anchors away is played by the Topsail High School Marching band. See more »


Featured in Roy Orbison & K.D. Lang: Crying (1987) See more »


So Different Now
Performed by Felix Cavaliere
Written by Felix Cavaliere and Michael Mugrage
Executive Produced by Felix Cavaliere
Produced by John Jansen
Published by DEG Entertainment Music Co. (ASCAP)/Largo Music Publishing, Inc. (ASCAP)
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John Cryer's finest hour
26 November 2001 | by chrisparson82See all my reviews

If you have not seen this motion picture, you're missing the gift that keeps on giving. Why? Here's why this film was robbed at the 1987 Oscars:

1) The story. "Guy hides from vindictive businessman by going back to high school" That log line alone deserves an Academy Award.

2) Performances. Jon Cryer is so good, you're wiling to overlook that fishy-looking beard (courtesy of makeup department). Why was there no Oscar nomination for him? Keith Coogan as Patrick is brilliant in a role that is, admittedly, beneath him. Did he get an Oscar nod? No, but he should have. Annabeth Gish is so charming and likeable as Ryan, that after the film is over, you realize that Cryer's character -- who's like, 30 yrs. old -- was dating a 17 year old vixen. And we know that that's just wrong, dear readers.

3) The direction. Bob Giraldi, who directed Mike Jackson's "Hair-on-Fire Pepsi Video", goes above and beyond the call of duty with this opus. Sweeping dolly shots, flawless blocking of both camera and actors, and flawless choice of camera lenses put this one in a class of it's own.

And yet, those stuffy academy members decided to give that golden statue to some dude named Bernado Bertolucci. I don't remember the name of BB's movie, but if you want Oscar-worthy entertainment without taking 12 hours to see it, Hiding Out is for you.

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Release Date:

6 November 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adult Education See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »


Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,062,120, 8 November 1987

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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