Hopscotch (1980)

R  |   |  Adventure, Comedy  |  10 October 1980 (Finland)
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Grounded with a desk job by incompetent superiors, a clever CIA agent retires and writes a tell all memoir that will embarrass his bosses, prompting him to go on the run and elude them.



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David Matthau ...
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CIA agent Miles Kendig decides to get out of 'the game' and to ensure he's left alone he threatens to send his memoirs to the world's intelligence agencies. When the CIA doesn't believe him, he calls their bluff and starts writing and sending out chapters one by one. Realizing that their operations would be compromised, the CIA (led by Myerson and Cutter) set out to put an end to Kendig's plan by whatever means necessary. The heart of the movie follows a game of cat and mouse between a fumbling CIA and an artful Kendig. Written by P. Wong <pwong@nt.net>

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The most dangerous man in the world. He's about to expose the CIA, the FBI, the KGB...and himself.


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10 October 1980 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

2 sotto il divano  »

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Did You Know?


After agreeing to be filmed in Germany, Walter Matthau resisted filming scenes showing him drinking at Oktoberfest until his stepdaughter Lucy Saroyan was given the role of Carla, the pilot who flies him in her seaplane. After arriving at their destination and being paid, she tells Matthau's character that he reminds her of her father. His response is, "That's always been my problem." See more »


Myerson's house is supposed to be in a suburb of Savannah, GA, but the address is stated as being in Adairsville. Adairsville is north of Atlanta, more than 300 miles north of Savannah. See more »


[first lines]
Kendig: Hey Yaskov, how are ya?
Yaskov: Kendig. What as unexpected pleasure.
Kendig: May I have it please?
Yaskov: Have what?
Kendig: I got it all on film, Yaskov. You don't want to deal with the West Germans, they don't like Russian Intelligence, you know that. Just give it to me, and we'll forget all about it.
Yaskov: I could make a run for it, you know.
Kendig: Come on, Yaskov. You running, me chasing? We'd look like Laurel and Hardy.
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References Casablanca (1942) See more »


Un Bel di Vedremo
from Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini (as Puccini)
An original recording of Discos Columbia S.A. Spain
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Perfect Fun
28 March 2004 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

Walter and Glenda together again after House Calls, what more could you ask for? Witty intelligent comedy, a romance between two not so beautiful people and despite the sweetness and the light touch you still worry about how its all going to turn out. Why don't they make movies like this any more?

For the record this is the story of a CIA man who quits when he's given a desk job and then gives everyone in the spy business kittens by writing is autobiography. Its wicked fun.

Perhaps the only flaw, and the reason the film is rated R is that Ned Beatty curses up a blue streak needlessly, the again since no one else does it simply shows how out of place he is.

See this movie. Do not pass go, do not collect two hundred dollars, just go get this movie and enjoy.

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