Hide in Plain Sight

Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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Hide in Plain Sight is such a gritty, realistic slice of working-class life in Buffalo that it disregards several key elements of narrative filmmaking, most notably a suspenseful build toward an emotionally rewarding climax. This is both a strength and a weakness of James Caan's stridently uncommercial directorial debut. One applauds Caan and screenwriter Spencer Eastman for sticking close to the facts of the true story, which has the inherent sensationalism of involving the mob and a custody battle complicated by the secrecy of the witness relocation program. The authenticity of these characters and the situations they face is unquestioned. Caan in particular plays his frustrations with minimal drama, railing against the bureaucracy with controlled rather than exaggerated outbursts. But Hide in Plain Sight can't achieve more than a middling level of affection because of this restrained naturalism. The final showdown is made possible by a lucky break that doesn't get adequately explained. It arrives so suddenly that it leaves the viewer unprepared. Still, Caan is clearly operating on his own terms, free from Hollywood dictates, and the result is a triumph of quiet independence, one that parallels Thomas Hacklin Jr.'s underdog quest to find his children.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/1/2010
  • UPC: 883316256367
  • Original Release: 1980
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 51,936

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Caan Thomas Hacklin, Jr.
Jill Eikenberry Alisa
Danny Aiello Sal Carvello
Robert Viharo Jack Scolese
Joe Grifasi Matty Stanke
Barbara Rae Ruthie Hacklin
Chuck Hicks Frankie Irish
Andrew Gordon Fenwick Andy Hacklin
Heather Bicknell Junie Hacklin
David Margulies Detective Reilly
Danny Costa
Terrence Currier
Vinnie de Carlo
Eddy Donno
Alice Drummond Mrs. Novack
Robert Gerringer
Charles Hallahan
Anne Helm
Josephine Nichols
Walter Scott
Tom Signorelli Moriarity
Beatrice Winde Unemployment Clerk
James DeCloss
Ben Gerard
Leo Cimino Venucci
David Clennon Richard Fieldston
Nicky Corello Flacco
Jude Farese Carmine
Tom Hill Bobby Momisa
Peter Maloney Lee McHugh
Kenneth McMillan Sam Marzetta
Ken Sylk Frantuzzi
Josef Sommer Jason R. Reid
Technical Credits
James Caan Director
Gene S. Cantamessa Sound/Sound Designer
Robert W. Christiansen Producer
Spencer Eastman Screenwriter
Fred T. Gallo Associate Producer
Pato Guzman Production Designer
Paul Lohmann Cinematographer
David McGiffert Asst. Director
Rick Rosenberg Producer
Leonard Rosenman Score Composer
William Steinkamp Editor
Frederic Steinkamp Editor
Mary Olivia Swanson Set Decoration/Design
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