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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.


Ronald Neame


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





Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Matthau ... Miles Kendig
Glenda Jackson ... Isobel von Schönenberg
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 ... Alfie Booker
Terry Beaver Terry Beaver ... Tobin
Ray Charleson Ray Charleson ... Clausen


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Adventure | Comedy


R | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


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 Walter Matthau's character alludes to in a scene. Fraser based most of the film's entire score on Mozart. See more »


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


Referenced in Salting the Battlefield (2014) See more »


Un Bel di Vedremo
from Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini
An original recording of Discos Columbia S.A. Spain
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12 August 2011 | by bplcwSee all my reviews

I doubt anyone will read this far into the reviews, but for the record I felt I had to contribute. We all of us watch many, many movies, and some of us feel motivated to review some or all of them no matter the quality. I HAD TO REVIEW THIS, despite the fact I seldom bother, for I genuinely feel it was a delight. Previous reviewers will provide the details, and for example, the first review by dbborroughs has it completely right: wholesome, intelligent fun that is so seldom achieved by more "modern" movies that seem compelled to add gratuitous violence, explosions, one-liners, etc. There are shortcomings that could be improved, of course, but in the end they don't matter. The viewer is left with a smile that didn't depend on potty jokes or shock tactics for stimulation. Brilliant. The overall work is a true gem. Enjoy!

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Release Date:

10 October 1980 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Hopscotch See more »

Filming Locations:

Marseille, France See more »


Box Office


$9,500,000 (estimated)
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2.39 : 1
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