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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.


John Polson


Ari Schlossberg
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1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »





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


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


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Parents Guide:

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USA | Germany



Release Date:

3 March 2005 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Mente siniestra See more »


Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


For the first time in seventy years, 20th Century Fox shipped prints of this movie without the final reel, which was shipped separately. This was done as a security measure as so people wouldn't be able to reveal the ending. To further ensure the safety of protecting the film's ending, security guards would hand-deliver the reel to theaters showing the film. Fox had individually numbered each reel, as well as a final security measure. Fox Executive Vice President and Sales Manager Richard Myerson stated it was "to ensure everyone's enjoyment of the film and to prevent 'spoilers', we've instituted extraordinary measures. We think it's worth the effort." See more »


When Emily is laying on her bedroom floor, she draws a picture of her and Charlie at the window, but she draws herself with blonde hair, the actress's natural hair color. See more »


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

Fox submitted two versions to the BBFC: The International Version (101m1s) and the Domestic Version (100m47s). Both versions were passed '15'. See more »


References Cape Fear (1991) See more »


Hide and Seek
Written by John Ottman and Robert Kraft
Performed by Deborah Lurie
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Possibly Passable For One Viewing
27 January 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This was okay but nothing special. Frankly, I hate to see a young likable talent like Dakota Fanning play morose, ugly roles like this. Let her be a kid who laughs, has fun and acts like a kid, such as she did in "The Cat In The Hat." Since then, she's playing in rougher and rougher films although "Dreamer" with Kurt Russell, I am told, is a nice film.

Anyway, you know that with her and Robert De Niro, you're going to get some excellent acting. The movie also offers a lot of suspense. While it was not fun seeing a young girl mentally tortured and depressed all the time, it was nice to see De Niro play such a low-key role for most of he film.

I would think, without giving anything away, that one viewing of this film would be enough, even if one likes it. Once you know the ending, well......

If you are not a big fan of either Fanning or De Niro (I am) , I wouldn't even give it one viewing.

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