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Hopscotch (1980)

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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.

Director:

Ronald Neame

Writers:

Brian Garfield (novel), Brian Garfield (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Matthau ... Miles Kendig / James Butler / Mr. Hannaway / Leonard Ross
Glenda Jackson ... Isobel von Schmidt
Sam Waterston ... Joe Cutter
Ned Beatty ... G.P. Myerson
Herbert Lom ... Mikhail Yaskov
David Matthau David Matthau ... Leonard Ross
George Baker ... Parker Westlake
Ivor Roberts Ivor Roberts ... Ludlum
Lucy Saroyan Lucy Saroyan ... Carla
Severn Darden ... Maddox
George Pravda ... Saint Breheret
Jacquelyn Hyde ... Realtor
Mike Gwilym Mike Gwilym ... Alfred P. Booker aka Alfie
Terry Beaver Terry Beaver ... Tobin
Ray Charleson Ray Charleson ... Clausen
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

The most dangerous man in the world. See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | French | Russian

Release Date:

10 October 1980 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

2 sotto il divano See more »

Filming Locations:

Marseille, France See more »

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Budget:

$9,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Glenda Jackson was cast as Isobel in the film at the suggestion of Walter Matthau. The film is the second and final teaming of Matthau and Jackson; the first was House Calls (1978). See more »

Goofs

When Glenda Jackson leaves her house in Salzburg in her car "to get some ice" it shows her driving instead to a ferry boat which takes her to England, apparently arriving later the same day. The distance from Salzburg to the English Channel cannot be driven in one day. See more »

Quotes

[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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Alternate Versions

DVD version contains both the original theatrical soundtrack and a redubbed soundtrack used for television release (replacing profanity and other objectionable dialogue). See more »


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Il barbiere di Siviglia
Written by Gioachino Rossini
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A simply delightful little film.
4 September 2008 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

After growing tired of the job, CIA agent Miles Kendig decides to get out of the business once and for all. Fearing that his peace, and maybe his life, could be threatened by the organisation, he tells them that unless he is left alone he will spill the beans on all the secrets that he knows about. They call his bluff, thinking he is full of bitter hot air, so he promptly starts sending out to them one chapter at a time. Realising that Kendig is serious, the CIA sets about putting a stop to him, by whatever means necessary!!. But with Kendig having been one of their own once, he is one shrewd customer, and stopping him is going to be one hell of a job.

Based on the Brian Garfield novel, Hopscotch is a cheeky comedy paced with utter perfection from director Ronald Neame. Featuring a very accomplished cast, Walter Matthau, Glenda Jackson, Herbert Lom, Ned Beatty & Sam Waterston, Hopscotch relies on a sharp script and incredibly appealing dialogue to bring home the bacon, and it does, admirably so. It's the type of film that one knows is not about winning awards, the kind of film that is an actors film, where everyone is comfortable with the material and appears to be having a great time. The lead role of Kendig is tailor made for Matthau, ambling along at his own pace with a glint in his eye and a quip on his tongue, Matthau carries the film with charming ease. The others all contribute of course, but the comedy gold comes from Walter and that lived in face of his. So bits of drama here, bits of comedy there, Hopscotch is a very well made and hugely enjoyable picture, recommended 7/10.


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