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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Hacklin, Jr.
Alisa Hacklin
Robert Viharo ...
Jack Scolese
Matty Stanek
Barbra Rae ...
Ruthie Hacklin
Sam Marzetta
Jason R. Reid
Sal Carvello
Thomas Hill ...
Bobby Momisa
Frankie Irish
Andy Fenwick ...
Andy Hacklin (as Andrew Gordon Fenwick)
Heather Bicknell ...
Junie Hacklin
Richard Fieldston
Lee McHugh
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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 they have done nothing, 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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21 March 1980 (USA)  »

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Die Machtprobe  »

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James Cann and Tom Signorelli appear in both "Hide in Plain Sight" (1980) and in "Thief" (1981). See more »


Referenced in Remington Steele: Steele Blushing (1985) See more »

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A great film that most have never heard of
1 January 2007 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This film DID get a theatrical release, but it quickly disappeared. It's unfortunate, because it's very thoughtful film. As a director, Caan made some interesting choices.

As a side note, I saw Caan discussing it in an interview a long time ago. He said the studio had no faith in the film, so they dumped it without much advertisement. And then they were shocked when it received great reviews. But by then, it was already dead. He also mentioned that the pan & scan version that was on TV changed a lot of wide-screen two shots into separate shots! I'm not sure if the same thing happened with the VHS, but I'll bet it did. Hopefully, a proper version will come out on DVD one of these days.

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