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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.


Fielder Cook


E.L. Konigsburg (novel), Blanche Hanalis (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ingrid Bergman ... Mrs. Frankweiler
Sally Prager Sally Prager ... Claudia Kincaid
Johnny Doran Johnny Doran ... Jamie Kincaid
George Rose ... Saxonburg
Richard Mulligan ... Mr. Kincaid
Georgann Johnson ... Mrs. Kincaid
Madeline Kahn ... Schoolteacher
Donald Symington Donald Symington ... Museum Director
Linda Selman Linda Selman ... Museum Secretary
Bruce Conover Bruce Conover ... Kevin Kincaid
Mike Hammett Mike Hammett ... Brucie
Peter Turgeon ... Counterman
Frank Leo Frank Leo ... Guard
Robert Packer Robert Packer ... Guard
Larry Spinelli Larry Spinelli ... Guard


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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Parents: This is a film you and your children will treasure.


Family | Drama | Comedy


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Release Date:

27 September 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hideaways See more »

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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Mrs. Frankweiler: Never trust anyone to find your treasures for you. Find your own! Children know that. That's why they treasure seashells and little stones.
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Alternate Versions

A full frame (1.33:1 aspect ratio) DVD-R version edited down to 31 minutes has been available since 8/1/2008 under the auspices of Phoenix Learning Group using the original title 'From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler'. See more »


Referenced in Mr. Robot: eps1.2_d3bug.mkv (2015) See more »

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Anyone else still drink chocolate Alka Seltzers???
16 December 2005 | by Baby_RednekkSee all my reviews

I have to disagree with the posters who didn't like the film because it "isn't believable". My question to them is... Who would believe that a pregnant woman could live in a Wal-Mart or that a movie ticket can bring an action star out of the silver screen. It's a delightful little movie that I would watch over and over and over again either by myself or with the kids. It says something about the perseverance of and dedication of siblings, I only hope that my own children feel like that about their siblings... I haven't read the book yet, but am going to now that I know there is one. I have to be honest here... I was a preteen when I first saw this movie and I can remember going into my mother's medicine cabinet and taking some of her Alka Seltzer just to try it with chocolate sauce... After growing and having kids of my own... I STILL have one every once in a while! Still trying to find this move on DVD or VHS so we can have a copy here at home.

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