Hidden in America (1996)





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This drama explores the real but often unseen problem of poverty in America. After getting laid-off, a widower father and his children are reduced to dire poverty. Part of the problem is that the father is too proud to accept welfare. Fortunately a caring doctor lends a helping hand.

Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Peter Silverman, Michael De Guzman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 5, 2005



as Dr. Millerton

as Edward Millerton

as Vincent

as Hospital Administrat...

as Marian Millerton

as Mr. Tatum

as Food Bank Worker

as Customer

as Carwash Worker

as Dr. Bhaita

as Nurse Gracie

as Employment Officer

as Calvin O'Neal

as Clinic Nurse

as Checker

as Jeep Lady

as Phoebe

as Dispatcher

as Pawnbroker

as Welfare Worker

as Welfare Worker
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All Critics (1)

Offers a thoughtful portrait of both the perils of poverty and the difficult dynamics of compassion.

Full Review… | August 26, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Hidden in America


Beau Bridges is superb as Bill Januson, a decent, hard-working man who has been dealt two devastating blows. First, he lost his 17-year job on an assembly line in Michigan and then, his wife died of cancer. Now Bill is trying to support his two children with a part-time job at a hamburger place and forced to cope with his family's descent into poverty. His fierce pride takes a further dent when he meets a doctor (Bruce Davidson) who wants to help the family after his daughter`s health deteriorates due to malnutrition.

The two kids in the film (Shelton Dane and Jean Malone) have big parts that they fill admirably and Frances McDormand adds a nice touch as the concerned mechanic who Robbie meets one day while skipping school. It is a very upsetting film to watch and makes you stop and relish just how lucky you are. Jeff Bridges also has a brief cameo as a surgeon.

The credits end with the following caption:

On any given night, up to 5 million children in America go to bed hungry.
How many of us will wake up in the morning and think about solutions?

Deb S

Super Reviewer

We need to stop worrying so much about other countries & start worrying about our own then this kind of crap wouldnt be happening in America

Brody Manson

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