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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 ...
Guard
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Storyline

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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Family | Drama | Comedy

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27 September 1973 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The mantel shown in Mrs. Frankweiler's home is inscribed with a quote, in French, that roughly translates as "For the heart of the valiant, nothing is impossible." Later, Claudia says to Mrs. Frankweiler "Nothing is impossible", which could be part of the reason the woman identifies with the child. Still later, Mrs. F. asks her butler if he thinks children could hide in the Metropolitan for a week. He says he doubts it. She replies that nothing is impossible. 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: Boy, do I stink at keeping secrets!
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Referenced in The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) See more »

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A Fantastic Children's Film full of Fantasy
22 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I agree with the previous poster that this movie is not very believable. The problem is that I get the feeling this person doesn't realize the intended audience and never read the book. While not a faithful adaptation of the children's book, it did a fantastic job of capturing my imagination as a young child and creating new wonderful adventures in my mind. There isn't a museum or gallery that I attend without thinking about Claudia and wanting to hide out and create a wonderful adventure for myself. Yes almost 30 years after I read the book and saw the movie, I still have fond memories that are obviously lasting a lifetime. A job well done. (on the flip side, avoid the 1995 made for TV version).


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