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I saw this film in the 80's or as late as 1992. Set in a city in the USA. The alien criminal is a being that takes control of humans (and in one case a dog) by passing from one to the next entering them through their mouths. The alien cop joins a local police officer and hunts him down. The criminal works his way to taking over the presidential candidate.

I found it so enjoyable I want to see it again, but can't remember the film title.

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This is definitely The Hidden - it has it all: alien criminal who can switch bodies, a senator who is taken over and announces he wants to run for president...

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Argh, too slow, wanted to answer this right away. Great movie, love Kyle MacLachlan. – Napoleon Wilson Aug 23 '13 at 0:42
One of the great car chase / car crash movies of all time. – Michael Stern Oct 8 '15 at 16:06

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