Nowhere to Hide (1987)

Nowhere to Hide (1987) - Amy Madigan

Marine officer Rob Cutter and his wife Barbara have a son named Johnny. Rob discovers that two newly delivered helicopters in his squadron have crashed because a defective part, a C-ring, has been made of a weaker, less expensive alloy. Before Rob can go public with this, Rob is killed on the orders of corrupt General Howard, who did not want Rob to go public with the defective part. Howard believes that Barbara, who is also a marine, now has the part, so Howard and his henchmen set out to kill Barbara and Johnny and get the part, but Howard is underestimating what Barbara is willing to do to protect Johnny.

Nowhere to Hide is a 1987 thriller directed by Mario Azzopardi. It stars Amy Madigan, Daniel Hugh Kelly and Robin MacEachern, as a family on the run from corrupt Marine officers. It also stars Michael Ironside, John Colicos, Maury Chaykin and Clark Johnson.

About the Story

When two newly delivered helicopters crash mysteriously, Marine officer Major Rob Cutter (Daniel Hugh Kelly) decides to conduct his own investigation, since the men killed in the helicopter crashes were members of his squadron. He later discovers that the newly delivered helicopters crashed because of a defective C-ring that has been made of a weaker, less expensive alloy. Rob grounds all the newly delivered helicopters that have the faulty C-ring, and decides to go public with this, much to the objection of his friend and fellow marine Sergeant Mike Watson (Chuck Shamata), who reluctantly tells someone that he found the problem.

At home, Rob is killed by two hitmen, one of them Marchais (Maury Chaykin), in front of Rob’s son Johnny (Robin MacEachern). As Rob’s wife Barbara (Amy Madigan), a former marine, was spotted by Marchais, she hides in the garage. She burns Marchais’ face with a blowtorch as he and his partner get away. She then gets upstairs to find Rob dead and Johnny traumatized by his father’s death, having become mute as a result of post traumatic stress disorder. Before Rob was killed, Johnny unintentionally hid the C-ring in his transformer bot toy.

Barbara is questioned by local police, and they find top-secret documents which the men who killed Rob planted in the vase in the main bedroom, framing him. The military takes over the investigation and Rob’s commanding officer, General Clay Howard (John Colicos) bails Barbara out of the questioning. Rob’s squadron gives her the American flag out of respect, since Rob didn’t receive a military funeral, due to being investigated for having top-secret documents in his possession.

Persistent journalist Mark Halstead (Clark Johnson), who has been investigating the helicopter crashes and suspects a cover-up, confronts Watson about the cover-up. Watson, guilt-ridden over having a hand in Rob’s death, decides to talk to Halstead the next day about the cover-up. But he is watched by Marchais and his partner, who kill Watson by forcing his car to crash.

Halstead comes to the cemetery where Rob is buried, and informs Barbara about Watson’s death, and that there is a cover-up involving the helicopter crashes within Rob’s death, the military, and the manufacturing company who delivered the choppers. Before he can go on further, Halstead is shot and killed by Marchais, and Barbara is framed for killing him. She is able to get away after a lengthy car chase.

Nowhere to Hide Movie Poster (1987)

Nowhere to Hide (1987)

Directed by: Mario Azzopardi
Starring: Amy Madigan, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Robin MacEachern, Michael Ironside, John Colicos, Chuck Shamata, Clark Johnson, Maury Chaykin, Timothy Webber
Screenplay by: George Goldsmith, Alex Rebar
Production Design by: Csaba András Kertész
Cinematography by: Vic Sarin
Film Editing by: Susan Schneir, Rit Wallis
Costume Design by: Renée April
Set Decoration by: Edward ‘Tantar’ LeViseur
Art Direction by: Abe Lee
Music by: Brad Fiedel
Distributed by: New Century Vista Film Company
Release Date: July 17, 1987