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Hide and Seek (2005)

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As a widower tries to piece together his life in the wake of his wife's suicide, his daughter finds solace, at first, in her imaginary friend.

Director:

John Polson

Writer:

Ari Schlossberg
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert De Niro ... David Callaway
Dakota Fanning ... Emily Callaway
Famke Janssen ... Katherine
Elisabeth Shue ... Elizabeth
Amy Irving ... Alison Callaway
Dylan Baker ... Sheriff Hafferty
Melissa Leo ... Laura
Robert John Burke ... Steven
Molly Grant Kallins Molly Grant Kallins ... Amy
David Chandler David Chandler ... Mr. Haskins
Stewart Summers ... Doctor
Jake Dylan Baumer Jake Dylan Baumer ... Disturbed Boy
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Hide and Seek revolves around a widower and his daughter. They move to upstate and Emily soon creates an imaginary friend named Charlie... but this act takes an unexpected and terrifying turn, where her father and doctor start to worry about Emily's gruesome habits. Written by ek025

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Charlie says you let her die. (UK teaser poster) See more »


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Rated R for frightening sequences and violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mente siniestra See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,959,233, 30 January 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$51,100,486

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$122,650,962
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Auditions were held for the part of Emily because Director John Polson hoped he would be able to "find another Dakota Fanning". Amongst the hopefuls were AnnaSophia Robb, but in the end, Dakota Fanning was cast. See more »

Goofs

When David enters the first bathroom, the tub has foggy sliding doors, but after he opens them they disappear and the empty track guide can be seen. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Alison: Faster.
Emily: No, no, no.
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Alternate Versions

The DVD includes four alternate endings. The DVD also has a branching system which includes four different versions of the film. See more »


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Swing Punch
Written by Heinz Kiessling
Courtesy of Extreme Production Music
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Fluff n' stuff. (spoilers)
29 July 2005 | by vertigo_14See all my reviews

I wasn't impressed with 'Hide and Seek.' If you've seen Secret Window or any of the recent horror=thrillers with endings of an identical twist, you'll understand how tired and utterly formulaic this has become. Hide and Seek lacks imagination anyways because the viewer is asked to be confounded by a series of disconnected scare tactics such as things jumping of closets, the last minute awareness of the culprit before the death of an unsuspecting victim, and above all, modern horror-thriller filmmakers determined to creep you out with some weirdo kid.

All the while, however, the story is very thin: that of a father and his young daughter coping with the gruesome death of the wife/mother who supposedly slit her wrists in the bathtub where she bled to death. However, we are led to believe that in fact, her death was no accident. And the weird little girl and her mysterious, elusive friend "Charlie," seem to be behind the whole thing as they taunt the father who just seems to want to get on with things. Something like 'The Omen,' if you will. But, it doesn't end that way, of course.

Instead, a cast of pretty good actors star in a film of cheap tricks and an even cheaper ending (including the infamous last scene where you think that all is well until there is some last minute evidence that in fact, the evil will continue unabated). Formula one hundred percent. If you've seen films like 'Secret Window' or 'Taking Lives' or other similar pseudo-mind benders (sorry, other titles don't come to mind at the moment), then you're in for nothing new if you watch 'Hide and Seek.' In any event, De Niro didn't over act and Dakota Fanning did a fine job creeping me out.


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