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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. He's about to expose the CIA, the FBI, the KGB...and himself. 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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #163. See more »

Goofs

Agent Ross's passport shows a birth date of 30 January 1930, but actor David Matthau was obviously much younger (born 1953). 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 »

Connections

References Casablanca (1942) See more »

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Le Nozze di Figaro, K 492: Act 1: Scene 8: Aria Figaro Non più andrai
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Great comedy thriller for adults
1 October 2002 | by McGonigleSee 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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