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: PG13 (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama
Directed By: Martin Bell
Written By: Peter Silverman , Michael De Guzman
In Theaters: wide
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Cast

Bruce Davison
as Dr. Millerton
Josef Sommer
as Edward Millerton
Jeff Bridges
as Vincent
Nicky Guadagni
as Hospital Administrator
Pixie Bigelow
as Marian Millerton
James Kidnie
as Mr. Tatum
Brenda Bazinet
as Food Bank Worker
Gil Garratt
as Customer
Herbie Barnes
as Carwash Worker
Marvin Ishmael
as Dr. Bhaita
Kathryn Winslow
as Nurse Gracie
Michael Carauna
as Employment Officer
J.J. Evans
as Calvin O'Neal
Norma Clarke
as Clinic Nurse
Nadia Litz
as Checker
Ferne Downey
as Jeep Lady
Soo Garay
as Phoebe
Joe Pingue
as Dispatcher
Michael Donaghue
as Pawnbroker
Kathryn Haggis
as Welfare Worker
Debra Kirshenbaum
as Welfare Worker
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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

½

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
Deb S

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
Brody Manson

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