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directed by James Caan
USA 1980


Factory worker Thomas Hacklin has moved on with life after divorce. He plays baseball on weekends, dates a little, and never misses a scheduled visit with his two young children. But one day Hacklin shows up for a visit and finds his children are gone. They, Hacklin's ex and the mob-informant she married have been whisked into the secrecy of the witness relocation program. James Caan directs and stars in a compelling true-life tale of a father determined to find and reclaim his children, defying federal agents and anyone else standing in his way. Get caught up in "an unusually satisfying, almost perfectly scaled little melodrama about so-called ordinary people trapped in extraordinary events" (Vincent Canby, The New York Times).


Television Premiere: March 21st, 1980


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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

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Runtime 1:31:42

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.63 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 (English)
Subtitles None
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Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original - 2.35:1

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DVD Release Date: July 23rd, 2010
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You can only push a man so far. Hide in Plain Sight was made right before Thief and is a good film representing James Caan's only directorial effort. His character is the typical, likeable, quietly macho, Joe-six-pack and justice-seeking father who has a dangerous edge. There is an organized-crime side-story of his ex's new beau - that slimeball's entry into the witness protection program, some court room drama, support from his buddy as well as the blossoming romance with wholesome schoolteacher Eikenberry. It purports to be based on a true story. It was entertaining, if not memorable but a film that is easy to revisit over the years. I feel similar, but stronger, about Caan's The Gambler.

The DVD is a standard single-layered MoD (Made-on-Demand) disc but progressive and anamorphic in the original 2.35:1 aspect ratio and looks acceptable and consistent for SD. This is labeled under the Warner "Archive Collection" marquee and the image is pleasing and very watchable. The disc supports the film  with a clean, detailed transfer for the format. No complaints. 

The lossy, Dolby, mono sound is decent and the score by Leonard Rosenman (Countdown, Rebel Without a Cause, The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond, Fantastic Voyage and A Man Called Horse) adds to the production. There are no subtitles offered and no supplements.

I was in the mood for this with Caan in the heyday of his masculine, appealing protagonist characters. There was a lot to appreciate in his performance and the few admirable storytelling flourishes. It offers reasonable value for those keen. I'll probably revisit this - I got that much out of it.  

  - Gary Tooze


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