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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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Westlake
Ivor Roberts ...
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Lucy Saroyan ...
Severn Darden ...
Maddox
George Pravda ...
Saint Breheret
Jacquelyn Hyde ...
Realtor
Mike Gwilym ...
Alfie
Terry Beaver ...
Tobin
Ray Charleson ...
Clausen
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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)  »

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2 sotto il divano  »

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The film features a number of excerpts of classical music from composers Gioachino Rossini, Giacomo Puccini and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. These include Rossini's aria "Largo al Factotum" from the opera "The Barber of Seville"; Puccini's aria "Un Bel Di Vedremo" ("One Beautiful Day") from "Madame Butterfly"; and from Mozart, the K331 first movement of Mozart's Piano Sonata No.11; the K320 Posthorn Serenade; the andante movement from "Eine kleine Nachtmusik"; a K382 Rondo in D and the aria "Non Più Andrai" from the opera "The Marriage of Figaro", a fact that Mathau's character alludes to in a scene. Fraser based most of the film's entire score on Mozart. See more »

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The Mrs. Myerson's voice in the two phone calls is different from that of actress Anne Haney who actually plays the part in a later scene. See more »

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[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 »

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Largo Al Factotum
Sung by Tito Gobbi
From The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini (as Rossini)
Courtesy of Capitol-Angel Records and EMI Records Ltd.
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"Hopscotch...Good Title"
8 February 2005 | by (Toronto) – See all my reviews

I think many of us were really surprised to see Criterion release Hopscotch, but glad, were all glad they did. Here Walter Matthau is reprimanded for allowing a wanted KGB agent to walk. Matthau's integrity is too precious to take guff from even the CIA. Subsequently, he does not take the news of being reassigned to the job of file clerk very well so he begins to write his memories, leaking secret information to the opposition. The ensuing chase is slapstick, a Spy vs. Spy comedy with great international locations. Frankly, using the cold war as a catalyst for comedy was long overdue by 1980. A great travel piece.


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