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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (1973)

Precocious Claudia and her brother run away from home and hide in the Metropolitan Museum in New York.

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Mrs. Frankweiler
Sally Prager ...
Claudia Kincaid
Johnny Doran ...
Jamie Kincaid
George Rose ...
Saxonburg
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Mr. Kincaid
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Mrs. Kincaid
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Schoolteacher
Donald Symington ...
Museum Director
Linda Selman ...
Museum Secretary
Bruce Conover ...
Kevin Kincaid
Mike Hammett ...
Brucie
Peter Turgeon ...
Counterman
Frank Leo ...
Guard
Robert Packer ...
Guard
Larry Spinelli ...
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Pre-teen Claudia, adolescent Jamie, and infant Kevin are the three children of the Kincaids of Madison, New Jersey. Claudia is prone to flights of fancy - especially wishing that she lived the life of Lady Guinevere - out of which her father hopes she will grow. Claudia senses an opportunity when she finds in the trash an unused train pass, good for her and one other child. Needing Jamie's money - $24.40 which he obtained from years of gambling with a friend - but also wanting his company, Claudia convinces him to run away with her using that train pass. With Jamie controlling the money, Claudia does not divulge her complete plan to him until it happens: they will take the train into New York City and live as hideaways in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where they can indulge in fantasies of others' lives and worlds through the museum's many exhibits. Their primary tasks of getting basic necessities while evading the museum's security guards change when Claudia spots a sculpture of an... Written by Huggo

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Mrs. Frankweiler makes a phone call sitting in front of a marble fireplace after sending the children to wash up before lunch, carved into that fireplace are the words, "A coeur vaillant rien d'impossible". This French phrase roughly translates to nothing is impossible for a willing heart. See more »

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When Jamie is playing "War" with Mrs. Frankweiler, with the camera on him, he plays his last card, he loses it, and his hands are empty. She takes her winning, and her hands are empty also. An instant later, after the cut, with the camera on her, she has cards in her hand and plays one more card on "his" card - a card that can not be there. See more »

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Jamie Kincaid: You don't think I'm going to take any naked bath with you, do you?
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Good, although not true to book
27 October 2004 | by (St. Paul, Minnesota) – See all my reviews

I loved E. L. Konigsberg's book, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. It is one of a few books that I remember fairly vividly from childhood, and I recently read it with my son, so we decided to watch this movie. I liked the movie, and thought that the children and Ingrid Bergman all gave fine performances. However, the movie differs from the book on minor details that I could see no rationale for changing (saying that Mrs. BEF lived in New Jersey, rather than Connecticut, for example). Mainly, though, I was very disappointed in the way the story ends in the movie in comparison to the book. In the book, Mrs. BEF gives the children a time limit and lets them figure out the answer to the mystery themselves. But in the movie, Mrs. BEF leaves Jamie playing cards with her butler, while she takes Claudia to another part of the house, where Mrs. BEF essentially solves the mystery for Claudia. I would still recommend the movie, but it's not nearly as good as the book.


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