Picks and Pans Review: Hidden in America
In this somber 90-minute movie, Beau Bridges plays a widowed, unemployed assembly-line worker inching close to collapse. His children, Robbie and Willa, are malnourished—in the girl's case, to the point of severe anemia—and job prospects keep falling through. Willa's best friend at school is the daughter of a well-off surgeon (Bruce Davison). He tries to help, but Bridges, whose desperation has not yet defeated his pride, resists. For a while. This was directed by Martin Bell, who was responsible for Streetwise, an excellent 1984 documentary about homeless kids in Seattle. He knows his stuff.