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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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Matthau ...
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Lucy Saroyan ...
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Saint Breheret
Jacquelyn Hyde ...
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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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2.35 : 1
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First of two consecutive back-to-back movies for actor Walter Matthau and director Ronald Neame who re-teamed immediately for First Monday in October (1981). See more »


In the scene where Kendig is chased by FBI cars in Georgia, and spills the oil on the road, we see it as he left it, then again a moment later as the FBI cars career off the road. The splash-pattern of the oil on the road is different in the two cases. 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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Edited into The Clock (2010) See more »


Non Pui Andrai
Sung by Hermann Prey
Courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon and Polygram Classics
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Great comedy thriller for adults
1 October 2002 | by (bean world, massachusetts) – See all my reviews

I don't think a movie like this could get made today. Funny, clever and understated, it's exactly the kind of movie that does not lend itself well to Burger King merchandising or witty catch-phrases (although "I'd say he has you well and truly by the short hairs" comes close).

Instead, this is simply a funny, charming and romantic spy thriller that's all about Walter Matthau's great acting. As others have said, this is a movie I can see again and again for the great acting and hilarious moments. Thankfully, it's finally available on DVD.

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