MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 986 this week

Hide in Plain Sight (1980)

PG  |   |  Drama  |  21 April 1980 (Portugal)
6.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.3/10 from 465 users  
Reviews: 10 user | 4 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(book), (screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

Family Entertainment Guide

Check out IMDb's comprehensive Family Entertainment Guide for recommendations for movies and TV series for every age and every viewing platform.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

Related News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 1946 titles
created 15 Sep 2011
 
a list of 2167 titles
created 01 Jan 2014
 
a list of 130 titles
created 26 Mar 2014
 
a list of 48 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 26 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Hide in Plain Sight (1980)

Hide in Plain Sight (1980) on IMDb 6.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Hide in Plain Sight.

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Slither (1973)
Comedy | Thriller | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

While searching for a small fortune of embezzled money, an ex-con, a small-time bandleader, his doting wife and a kooky drifter find themselves being followed. Their chase takes them to ... See full summary »

Director: Howard Zieff
Stars: James Caan, Peter Boyle, Sally Kellerman
Western | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.2/10 X  

After being framed, a cowboy is sent to jail. After his time is served, he leaves with vengeance in his heart. Soon he meets a young Native American woman and together they go to settle their score with a small town and its corrupt leader.

Director: Bernard Girard
Stars: James Caan, Stefanie Powers, Aldo Ray
Chapter Two (1979)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

George Schneider is an author whose wife had just died. His brother Leo gives him the number of Jennie Malone, and somehow they hit it off. And just when things are moving along, the memory... See full summary »

Director: Robert Moore
Stars: James Caan, Marsha Mason, Joseph Bologna
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A photographer, who has been hired to photograph the wild west of America where he has lived his entire life, tells his client of a photograph he has that was taken one hundred years ago by... See full summary »

Director: Claude Lelouch
Stars: James Caan, Geneviève Bujold, Francis Huster
Drama | Western | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Ella Connors is a single woman who gets pressured to sell her failing cattle farm to her corrupt ex suitor, Jacob Ewing. She asks for help from her neighbor, Frank Athearn. As Ella and ... See full summary »

Director: Alan J. Pakula
Stars: James Caan, Jane Fonda, Jason Robards
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Mike Locke, who works for a private security firm affiliated with the CIA, is betrayed by his partner and left apparently crippled for life.

Director: Sam Peckinpah
Stars: James Caan, Robert Duvall, Arthur Hill
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

After a run-in with the law, an angry maladjusted young man starts calling himself Hate. One night he saves a girl from a lusty assistant district attorney. He falsely accuses them of robbery, so they go on the run and make things worse.

Director: Mitch Marcus
Stars: Scott Caan, Lee Nashold, Kevin Michael Richardson
Rabbit, Run (1970)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A crude man is stuck in a loveless marriage. One day he decides to run away from his life and family. First he finds a mistress, but just because a man runs away from one disappointment, doesn't mean he won't run into another one.

Director: Jack Smight
Stars: James Caan, Carrie Snodgress, Anjanette Comer
The Gambler (1974)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Axel Freed is a literature professor. He has the gambling vice. When he has lost all his money, he borrows from his girlfriend, then his mother and finally some bad guys that chase him. Despite all of this he cannot stop gambling.

Director: Karel Reisz
Stars: James Caan, Paul Sorvino, Lauren Hutton
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

San Francisco police detectives Freebie and Bean are determined to bust local crime boss Red Meyers at any cost, even if this means destroying the whole city in the process.

Director: Richard Rush
Stars: Alan Arkin, James Caan, Loretta Swit
T.R. Baskin (1971)
Certificate: GP Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Enthusiastic young woman runs away to Chicago to start a new life. She is soon confronted with the emotional coldness of the big city and has to search for her place in the scheme of things.

Director: Herbert Ross
Stars: Candice Bergen, Peter Boyle, James Caan
Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Not until three years after the death of her husband Jolly, Kay dares to move back into their former home, persuaded by her new fiancé Rupert. But soon her worst expectations come true, ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Mulligan
Stars: Sally Field, James Caan, Jeff Bridges
Edit

Cast

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
Ken Sylk ...
Frantuzzi
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

21 April 1980 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

Die Machtprobe  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Only directing credit for actor James Caan. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Dinner for Five: Episode #2.10 (2003) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Witness protection
7 May 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Never saw this film directed by James Caan, who also appears in the title role. This movie must have gone directly to video because we don't recollect if it ever was released commercially. The picture has a "movie of the week" feeling to it, which could well be the reason for not having received a wider release.

The film makes an interesting point. Thomas Hacklin, a factory worker, has divorced his wife, but they have remained in friendly terms. We watch as Tom comes, at the start of the movie, to baby sit his son and daughter. Clearly, Tom adores these children.

His divorced wife has remarried the small time hoodlum Jack Solese. When this man runs into problems with the law, he is offered a release and witness protection in exchange for his cooperation in getting the principal mobsters in jail. When he complies and points the finger to the responsible guys, Jack and his family are relocated to Michigan. Tom, on the other hand, is not notified about the where abouts. Thus begins his quest for his own children.

James Caan, makes a good impression as the working class father. Jill Eikenberry plays Alisa, the woman who has settled in the area and loves Tom. The supporting cast is good. Robert Viharo, Joe Grifasi, Barbra Rae, Kenneth McMillan, Josef Sommer and Danny Aiello work well under Mr. Caan's direction.

This is a curiosity because it's the only film directed by Mr. Caan.


3 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
What a boring movie cryptical70
DVD release / 'The Thing' connection Scott_LeBrun
Discuss Hide in Plain Sight (1980) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?