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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?


The mantel shown in Mrs. Frankweiler's home is inscribed with a quote, in French, that roughly translates as "For the heart of the valiant, nothing is impossible." Later, Claudia says to Mrs. Frankweiler "Nothing is impossible", which could be part of the reason the woman identifies with the child. Still later, Mrs. F. asks her butler if he thinks children could hide in the Metropolitan for a week. He says he doubts it. She replies that nothing is impossible. 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: We're headin' due west now.
Claudia: Can't you just say left or right. I don't think anyone's used a compass in Manhattan since Henry Hudson.
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Alternate Versions

A wide screen (1.77:1 aspect ratio) DVD-R version was released 11/10/2011 by Warner Archive (ASIN: B005R2SIEQ) at the original 105 minute length under the alternate title 'The Hideaways'. WBShop.com lists that this DVD-R release "has been manufactured from the best-quality video master currently available and has not been remastered or restored for this DVD/Digital Download release." While specifying the DVD-R has 16:9 aspect ratio, it adds "ORIGINAL ASPECT RATIO - 1.85:1". See more »


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A night in the museum
7 September 2011 | by Chase_WitherspoonSee all my reviews

Enchanting family film depicts the overnight adventures of two siblings from a wealthy family who hideaway overnight in the local museum to cure their boredom. They become fascinated with a statue and find that its previous owner (Bergman), while reclusive and seemingly unkind, is actually a benevolent art lover who becomes taken with the older sister in whom she sees her reflection as an adolescent.

Bergman is heavily caked in make-up and is consequently witch-like in appearance, but her elegance remains unmistakable. Her affection for the little girl is heart-warming, revealing the treasures she and her late husband coveted and offers a glimpse into her lonely, withdrawn existence since the death of her beloved. For a brief moment, her enthusiasm and kind-heartedness is restored by the presence of the youngsters and as Bergman's character closes in freeze frame, you wonder if their impact will be long-lasting.

I found the film's score moving, the scenery colourful and the characterisations earnest. Overall, an unexpectedly humble but enjoyable picture elevated by Bergman's presence and a little bit special as a result.

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