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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.



(novel), (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mrs. Frankweiler
Sally Prager ... Claudia Kincaid
Johnny Doran ... Jamie Kincaid
George Rose ... Saxonburg
... Mr. Kincaid
... Mrs. Kincaid
... Schoolteacher
Donald Symington ... Museum Director
Linda Selman ... Museum Secretary
Bruce Conover ... Kevin Kincaid
Mike Hammett ... Brucie
... Counterman
Frank Leo ... Guard
Robert Packer ... Guard
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)  »

Also Known As:

The Hideaways  »

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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 »


Jamie Kincaid: Okay, the first thing we have to do is look for fingerprints.
Claudia: Fingerprints? Michelangelo lived about 500 years ago.
Jamie Kincaid: So, maybe he got arrested for making statues of naked people and they took his fingerprints.
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Fairly accurate, respectful adaptation
23 May 2012 | by See all my reviews

I found this in the children's section of the public library and borrowed it expecting to hate it... I had loved the book as a child and was afraid the video version would be another hatchet job like Rosie O'Donnell's trashing of "Harriet the Spy". This is actually pretty good. I see it's labeled "home version", and I don't know what that means, except that I sure didn't see Richard Mulligan in it as the father, so I suspect it might be rather heavily edited. Part of the charm of the book that is unable to make it to the screen is the interior thought processes of Claudia, her interpretations and feelings of her experience in the museum. We can see it on the screen, but we don't really feel it along with Claudia (and Jamie). The movie does try, but it doesn't always succeed. Having said that, it also doesn't insert things that don't belong there, or take away important points that DO belong there, for which I'm very grateful. It remains true to the period. The casting is quite good; both kids were believable in their roles. All in all, I was very pleasantly surprised and might watch it a second time... and I don't even have kids! But for those who do, the book is still your best bet... overall, it does a better job bringing the whole enjoyable story to life.

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