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Genre  Drama
Screenplay  Spencer Eastman
Country  United States
6.3/10 IMDb

Director  James Caan
Music director  Leonard Rosenman
Language  English
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Release date  April 21, 1980 (1980-04-21) (Portugal)
Writer  Leslie Waller (book), Spencer Eastman (screenplay)
Initial release  March 21, 1980 (New York City)
Cast  James Caan (Thomas Hacklin, Jr.), Jill Eikenberry (Alisa Hacklin), Robert Viharo (Jack Scolese), Joe Grifasi (Matty Stanek), Barbra Rae (Ruthie Hacklin), Kenneth McMillan (Sam Marzetta)
Similar movies  Fire with Fire, Nowhere Land, Hit and Run, Fall: The Price of Silence, Woman in Witness Protection
Tagline  If the Justice Dept of the United States abducted your children, what would you do?

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Hide in Plain Sight is a 1980 American drama film directed by and starring James Caan with storyline based on an actual case from the files of New York attorney Salvatore R. Martoche who represented the real life Buffalo, New York, victim's suit to recover contact with his children estranged by the culpability of the new husband and government.


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Divorced father Thomas Hacklin discovers, on visiting his children, that his ex-wife's residence has been abandoned; he is unable to locate or contact them. He is mystified after approaching the authorities, who refuse to assist, but speculates when he becomes aware that her new husband is in the United States Federal Witness Protection Program. As he makes inroads into finding their location, the police and authorities make it more difficult for him to make contact. He becomes determined upon discovering the government advised the low-tier mobster new husband to marry his ex-wife, in order to disqualify her from testifying against him in the eventuality of a trial for his criminal activities. The mob follows Hacklin's actions for their own purposes.


  • James Caan as Thomas Hacklin, Jr.
  • Jill Eikenberry as Alisa
  • Robert Viharo as Jack Scolese
  • Barbara Rae as Ruthie Hacklin
  • Joe Grifasi as Matty Stanke
  • Kenneth McMillan as Sam Marzetta
  • Josef Sommer as Jason R. Reid
  • Danny Aiello as Sal Carvello
  • Beatrice Winde as Unemployment Clerk
  • Andrew Gordon Fenwick as Andy Hacklin
  • Heather Bicknell as Junie Hacklin
  • David Clennon as Richard Fieldston
  • Reception

    Hide in Plain Sight received a mixed reception from critics.

    Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film two out of four stars and praised the acting, but ultimately viewed the film negatively, calling it "a frustrating real-life thriller that makes the fatal mistake of being more true to real life than to the demands of narrative." Variety also wrote the film a mixed review, stating, "Hide in Plain Sight has some of the makings of a good, honest film. It tells the true story of a working man's fight against the system, features several poignant moments, and makes a number of political messages in an effective yet unobtrusive manner. But in his directorial debut, James Caan never musters the energy or emotion needed to break the unbearably slow, dismal tone."


    The film was Caan's passion project, taking him two years to make. It was his intention to release the film without a music score, but MGM executives prevailed.

    Home media

    Released on VHS: 1981; 1992, MGM-UA Home Video and DVD: 2010, Warner Home Video (Warner Archive).


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