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 ...
Ross
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Westlake
Ivor Roberts ...
Ludlum
Lucy Saroyan ...
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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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Bryan Forbes was the original director. He withdrew from the film due to another project and was replaced by Ronald Neame. See more »

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There's a scene at Myerson's house in Savannah where Kendig is getting ready to start typing and sees a photo of Myerson. When the photo is first shown, Myerson is facing to the left of the screen, but when Kendig picks it up Myerson is facing to the right. The photograph changes several times later. In fact, each change is intentional, and is intended to show Myerson getting more frustrated and dour as the plot wears on, culminating in the picture being shot in the forehead (as explained in the introductory video on the DVD). 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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Non Pui Andrai
Sung by Hermann Prey
Courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon and Polygram Classics
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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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