First Look: Hide and Seek
Release Date: January 28, 2005
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Film Genre: Thriller
Country: United States
Director: John Polson
Cast: Robert De Niro, Dakota Fanning, Famke Janssen,
Elisabeth Shue, Dylan Baker, Robert John Burke, Alicia Harding, Amy Irving.
“Come out, come out, wherever you are!”
That command is familiar to everyone who has played the children’s
game, Hide and Seek. The words and game take us back to an innocent, carefree
time in our lives, where the simple goal was to find hiding playmates.
Many children could even enjoy a spirited game with imaginary friends.
But then, imaginary friends can sometimes seem so real…
For young Emily Callaway, her games of Hide and Seek with an imaginary
friend named Charlie have become anything but simple and innocent. Instead,
she finds herself in the middle of a series of increasingly nightmarish
acts that even her father David cannot stop. Who – or what –
is Charlie? David wonders. How can an “imaginary” entity have
this kind of hold on her? Maybe Charlie is not imaginary at all, but instead
a flesh-and-blood, malevolent presence?
Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro stars as David Callaway, a troubled
father and widower in the suspense-thriller HIDE AND SEEK, and Dakota
Fanning portrays his young daughter Emily, who is hiding an incredible
secret. As the story opens, Callaway’s wife Alison (Amy Irving)
dies suddenly, traumatizing Emily. Father and daughter move to Upstate
New York to distance Emily from the memories of her life in Manhattan
with her mother. Soon thereafter, Emily develops a friendship with Charlie.
At first, David sees Charlie as a positive way for Emily to express herself,
but a series of terrifying acts lead him to imagine the unimaginable:
Charlie may actually be real…and if so, he must be stopped.