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Hide in Plain Sight (1980)

PG | | Drama | 21 March 1980 (USA)
This was based on a true story. About a man (Caan) who discovers that his ex-wife has disappeared along with their children. It seems that her new boyfriend works for some criminals. After ... See full summary »

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This was based on a true story. About a man (Caan) who discovers that his ex-wife has disappeared along with their children. It seems that her new boyfriend works for some criminals. After being arrested, the government offers to let him enter the newly developed Witness Protection Program in exchange for testifying against his employers. His bosses instruct him to marry his girlfriend so that she can't testify against him, they promise that they will take care of her. When he learns that his cohorts have done nothing to aid his family while in jail, he accepts the government's offer. So, he and his wife and her children enter the program. Now her ex-husband goes to a lawyer because he wants to sue the government for keeping him away from his children. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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In June 1947, the U.S. Department of Justice abducted this man's children. If the same thing happened to your kids, how would you get them back?

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Directorial debut should have been hidden
28 June 2017 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Hide in Plain Sight was James Caan's first effort as a director and thank goodness he stopped after this one. There is a nice story here, and with someone more skilled it could have been exciting and insightful. In Caan's clumsy hands it is simply a story told, but you'll find it hard to stay interested because of the stark cuts and lack of continuity. Indeed, for a first time director, there is really nothing going on in an inventive manner.

Caan does double duty as the film's star, and he is perfectly adequate to the task, in a role he's play many times before and since. The rest of the cast is so one dimensional that it's really hard to care about the characters. That again has to be attributed to Caan, as many of these actors are top notch (Danny Aiello, Joe Grifasi, Ken McMillan, Josef Sommer).

It's too bad. This is a good story that deserved to be told in a more compelling manner.


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