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...
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The end credits have no actresses listed, only actors. Ingrid Bergman (Mrs. Frankweiler), Sally Prager (Claudia), Georgann Johnson (Mrs. Kincaid), Madeline Kahn (the schoolteacher), and Linda Selman (the Museum secretary) all receive billing only at the beginning of the film. No other female parts received billing at all. 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
I found another penny and a dime! Where'd all the money come from?
People probably throw coins in the pool and make a wish.
I guess the quarters are the rich people's money.
I don't think so. Poor people are the ones that have to make big wishes.
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
Referenced in The Royal Tenenbaums