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Hide In Plain Sight (1980)





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Star James Caan made his directorial debut in the fact-based Hide in Plain Sight. Caan plays a divorced husband and father who comes to visit his ex-wife and children, only to discover that they've evidently disappeared from the face of the earth. Running up against the stonewall tactics of the authorities, Caan eventually learns that his wife's present husband is a witness against the mob, and that his family members have been given a new home and new identities via the Justice Department's new witness relocation program. Denied information concerning his children's whereabouts, Caan desperately attempts to find them himself. Hide in Plain Sight was adapted by Spencer Eastman from the book by Leslie Waller.

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James Caan
as Thomas Hacklin
Jill Eikenberry
as Alisa Hacklin
Joe Grifasi
as Matty Stanke
Barbara Rae
as Ruthie Hacklin
Kenneth McMillan
as Sam Marzetta
Chuck Hicks
as Frankie Irish
David Margulies
as Detective Reilly
Ken Sylk
as Frantuzzi
Tom Signorelli
as Moriarity
Alice Drummond
as Mrs. Novack
Beatrice Winde
as Unemployment Clerk
Anne Helm
as Reid's Secretary
Robert Gerringer
as Judge Duval
Terrence Currier
as Congressman Evetts
Josephine Nichols
as Hacklin's Mother
Walter Scott
as FBI Agent Sheeler
Leo Cimino
as Venucci
James DeCloss
as Ray Reilly
Eddy Donno
as Man at Party
Jude Farese
as Carmine
Gerald Cantor
as Jackie's Driver
Dan Zanghi
as Man at Treasury Department
H. Jack Jaeger
as Security Guard
Nancy Weber
as Waitress
Gary Pace
as Pianist
Carolyn Ferrini
as Singer at Spring Fling
Vincent Cavalleri
as Man at Ballgame
Lorena McDonald
as Crossing Guard
John Kiouses
as Teenage Boy
Mina Evans
as Teenage Girl
Jeff Ring
as Reporter #1
Keith Watts
as News Photographer
H.P. Evetts
as Frankie's Driver
Ken Bellet
as Man at Unemployment Office
Tony Mancini
as Out-of-Towner
Ben Gerard
as Out-of-Towner
Madonna Young
as Carvello's Secretary
Sam Ippolito
as Warehouse Foreman
Irv Weinstein
as Newscaster
Tom Clarke Hill
as Bobby Momisa
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Critic Reviews for Hide In Plain Sight

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

For the most part, Caan sustains an appealing observational approach, and also evinces an exceptional range in his stylistic moves.

May 18, 2018 | Full Review…

This movie isn't a study of an uptight guy; it's a human story of a father looking for his children. Why allow irrelevant acting stratagems to distract us from the heart of the story?

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

.A heart-felt and inspiring melodrama thanks to the power of the haunting true incident."

July 10, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Hide in Plain Sight raises some important questions about the rights of individuals in the face of arbitrary institutional policies.

January 29, 2004 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hide In Plain Sight


I never heard of Hide In Plain Sight until I recorded it off the free channel.After watching it, I looked it up on imdb & read it flopped at the box office.For it being such a good movie I can't believe it.It was a very good movie but way underated.Thomas went through alot of crap to see his kids again.If the scene where he finally finds them doesn't warm your heart, make you happy or touch you in some sort of way then you have no feelings

Brody Manson
Brody Manson

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