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The Hidden (1987)

Law abiding people suddenly become violent criminals. A cop and an FBI agent race for answers in this sci-fi thriller.

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Brenda Lee Van Buren
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Lt. Ed Flynn
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Jonathan Miller
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Brem
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Senator Holt
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Jack DeVries
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Carol Miller
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Michael Buckley
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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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A new breed of criminal. See more »


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30 October 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lo oculto  »

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$9,747,988 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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During an interview on TNT in 1994, Claudia Christian mentioned The Hidden as being her prior experience with aliens. She said this qualified her to work on Babylon 5 (1994). See more »

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At the end of the first car chase Sanchez and some of the other officers train their shotguns toward the speeding Ferrari of DeVries. The next shot shows these officers standing with their guns at their side, while in the shot after that, their guns are once again pointed towards the Ferrari. See more »

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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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Over Your Shoulder
Written by Johnette Napolitano and J. Mankey
Performed by Concrete Blonde
Produced by Earle Mankey and Concrete Blonde
Published by Happy Hermit Music / I.R.S. Music, Inc.
Administered by Criterion Music, Inc.
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Diamond in the Rough
31 January 2005 | by (Phoenix, AZ) – See 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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