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  • Actors: Lauren Bacall, Jean Marie Barnwell, Jesse Lee Soffer, Miriam Flynn, Mark L. Taylor
  • Directors: Marcus Cole
  • Writers: Betty Goldberg, E.L. Konigsburg
  • Producers: Brent Shields, David A. Rosemont, Richard Welsh
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Studio: Pioneer Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 17, 2000
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004XMVO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,182 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "From The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler" on IMDb

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A little mystery can bring magic into anyone's life. When young Claudia decides to run away from home to teach her parents a lesson in Claudia Appreciation, she plans very carefully. Securing the company - and financial participation - of her younger brother Jamie, Claudia sets out to take up residence at the Metropolitan Museum. Staying one step ahead of security guards, determined doormen, and clever cops is almost a full-time job for these two - until they come across a statue so beautiful, yet so mysterious, they cannot go home until they discover its maker, a question which baffles even the experts. First they have to find the statue's former owner, the reclusive and mischievous Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (Lauren Bacall). Then Claudia and Jamie must take a mad dash through her incredibly mixed-up files in this delightful family adventure.

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Lauren Bacall plays the title role (which is actually a supporting role) in this smart and snappy children's film adapted from the newberry Award-winning book. As Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, she's a very wealthy individual auctioning off a statue that may or may not have been sculpted by Michelangelo. The story quickly shifts over to Claudia (Jean Marie Barnwell), the middle child of the family. Of the three kids, she's the only girl, a straight-A student, and the one their mom relies on to help her with the chores. Claudia feels both taken for granted and neglected, so she devises a plan for her and her younger brother (who's got some money because he cheats at cards) to run away and have adventures. Her plan includes camping out in the Metropolitan Museum, which happens to be the same museum that bought the enigmatic sculpture. While the family searches for the missing kids, Claudia becomes obsessed with solving the secret of the statue. Is it or isn't it a genuine Michelangelo? Like Claudia herself, the script is smart, and it never condescends. The direction is equally smart, and the cast is universally good--which is saying something considering there are so many child actors involved. With messages like "feelings matter as much as learning" and "if you believe in yourself, then you don't need to cheat," From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler is an excellent way for a family to spend time together in front of the TV. The story was previously adapted for film in 1973, but this version was made for television in 1995. --Andy Spletzer

Customer Reviews

One of my favorite stories.
Diana N.
There are several differences between the movie and the book, one so much so that it ruined the whole picture for me.
Jake
What I really enjoyed were the characters.
AbeStreet

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By AbeStreet on November 3, 2001
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I, as most of the other reviewers, began with the book as a child and saw the film later. This was one of my favorite books as a child and I remember the film THE HIDEAWAYS that was made 30 years ago. I loved the book and the THE HIDEAWAYS was okay, although it has some noticeable changes from the book. When I purchased this more modern version of the book I did not think I would enjoy a more contempory version of the story. I was wrong! Sure there are some changes from the book but not enough to alter the story line greatly. What I really enjoyed were the characters. Lauren Bacall did a very good job in her role as Mrs. Frankweiler, as did Jean Marie Barnwell in the role of Claudia and Jesse Lee in the role of Jamie.
So, while there are some changes as others have noted, this film still maintains the best elements of the book. I only wish more films adhered to the books from which their story was taken. Also, this story stands up over time. My 9 & 7 year old son & daughter enjoy this story as much as I did and still do.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 27, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
I adored E.L. Konigsberg's novel, "From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler," and I was overjoyed when I found this video in my local library. There were some changes here and there, but nothing truly major. Lauren Bacall was positively fabulous. 2 Thumbs Up! (I'd give more, but I don't have any).
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 6, 2003
Format: DVD
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (Marcus Cole, 1995)
While doing the research on this film, I discovered that there have actually been two film versions of E. L. Konigsburg's delightful novel, with this one being the more recent. Most reviewers seem to prefer the 1973 version. Maybe they're right. But not having seen it, I have to say I liked this one well enough as a trip down memory lane.
Veteran TV director Cole (Beyond the Prairie: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder) directs from Betty Goldberg (Trapper John, M.D.)'s script. Cole casts Lauren Bacall as the mysterious and un-first-named Mrs. Basil, Jean Marie Barnwell (Angie) as Claudia, and Jesse Lee (Bobby of the newer Brady Bunch stuff) as Claudia's brother Jamie. The story, for those of you who have been living under a rock for thirty years: Claudia feels neglected at home and wants to run away. She enlists the help (and money) of younger brother Jamie. The two of them, through a series of minor misadventures, end up hiding in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, where Claudia becomes obsessed with a mysterious angel statue that may or may not have been carved by Michelangelo, and she sets about authenticating the piece.
Really, it's about what one would expect from a TV movie, in terms of direction, acting, etc. Nothing here that's going to win any awards. But who cares? For those of us who loved the novel, there's enough of it here to jog your memory (and hopefully you won't be too bogged down by the piece of it that mysteriously vanish). *** ½
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jake on December 29, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
After reading E. L. Konigsburg's book, I was very excited to see this film adaptation of it. But it's not all that great--I was very disappointed. There are several differences between the movie and the book, one so much so that it ruined the whole picture for me.
The basic plot remains the same as the book: Claudia knew that she could never pull off the old-fashioned kind of running away...so she decided not to run FROM somewhere, but TO somewhere. And so, after some careful planning, she and her younger brother, Jamie, escaped. Soon, while exploring the Muesum, they set their minds to solving the mystery of Angel, a statue new to the muesum's collection, rumored to have been created by the ledgendary Michaelangelo.
But several minor details were changed. The entire character Saxonburg (although minor) has been deleted from the screenplay. Also, because of this, the way that Claudia and Jamie do eventually get home is different. (In the book, Saxonburg takes them home; here, their parents come and get them.) Also here, Jamie puts in a phone call to Mom and Dad, which sturs things up a bit. This was not done in the novel. An assortment of other things have been changed as well.
Lauren Bascall does a nice job as Mrs. Frankwiler, and the rest of the casting is good. But because of the changes from novel to screenplay, I dislike this version. Read the book (of the same name; winner of the Newbery Medal) first. Then try this, just to see how you like it. Also try the film "The Hideaways", another film version of this story. Hopefully it will be better!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By martha.eckhart@wiesbaden.netsurf.de on August 15, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Although there are quite a few minor changes in the story, children of 1999 will appreciate the faster movement of the plot than the older film with Ingrid Bergman. My third graders' interests lagged a bit with the earlier version. This one did a much better job of keeping their attention. Good job!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 28, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
I read this book when I was in 5th grade and I adored it. I was so excited when I found the movie and it was great too. Great job!
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