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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 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 »


Jamie Kincaid: I found another penny and a dime! Where'd all the money come from?
Claudia: People probably throw coins in the pool and make a wish.
Jamie Kincaid: I guess the quarters are the rich people's money.
Claudia: I don't think so. Poor people are the ones that have to make big wishes.
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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 »


Referenced in The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) See more »

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As a child I thought this film was really entertaining.
28 July 2007 | by XynhrstSee all my reviews

That's about it - imagine running away from home, living in a tree-house and having great adventures. This film was fantastic fun. It may not be highbrow art, but it is a fun film for the kids!

The other guy who commented on this film was obviously looking for something more adult and intelligent. I found that this film was well meaning and had good moral standing.

It is a film to take you on a journey and allow you to see things that you otherwise would not. A good exploration of posh kids meeting with street kids, alien experiences like living alone and being self-sufficient.

Very entertaining for a young mind hungry for stimulation.

It is about friendships and trust, independence and coming of age. Fighting your own battles and finding yourself.

I really liked this film when I saw it the first time in the 80's on television. I think I would enjoy it again, although I doubt I would watch it unless I chanced upon on television one night. I would consider watching it if I have kids, I would like them to see it.

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