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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)




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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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 a picture of Michelangelo!
Claudia: I've seen that picture before.
Jamie Kincaid: His nose looks busted.
Claudia: I just read about that. It was broken in fight when he was young.
Jamie Kincaid: You mean he was a juvenile delinquent?
Claudia: Of course, not. He was just a hot tempered genius.
Jamie Kincaid: Some excuse.
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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 »

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A Fantastic Children's Film full of Fantasy
22 May 2005 | by mrayjordanSee all my reviews

I agree with the previous poster that this movie is not very believable. The problem is that I get the feeling this person doesn't realize the intended audience and never read the book. While not a faithful adaptation of the children's book, it did a fantastic job of capturing my imagination as a young child and creating new wonderful adventures in my mind. There isn't a museum or gallery that I attend without thinking about Claudia and wanting to hide out and create a wonderful adventure for myself. Yes almost 30 years after I read the book and saw the movie, I still have fond memories that are obviously lasting a lifetime. A job well done. (on the flip side, avoid the 1995 made for TV version).

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