Hopscotch (1980)




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Walter Matthau plays a CIA agent who's been confined by office politics to a desk job. The disgruntled Matthau quits the service and heads to Europe, where he links up with former lover (an fellow ex-agent) Glenda Jackson. All goes smoothly until Matthau acts on the advice of yet another retired agent, Russian Herbert Lom, who suggests that Matthau write a tell-all autobiography. Spitefully, Matthau sends out copies of his first chapter to the heads of the CIA agencies throughout the world--and from that point on, he and Jackson don't have a moment's peace. This delights Matthau: now that all of his former colleagues are chasing after him, he has a reason to get up in the morning. As written by Brian Garfield, Hopscotch was a conventionally serious espionage novel. As adapted for the big screen by Garfield and Bryan Forbes, Hopscotch is a lively exercise in cloak-and-dagger comedy, even when the pursuit of Matthau turns deadly towards the end.
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Mystery & Suspense
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Walter Matthau
as Miles Kendig/James Butler/Mr. Hannaway/Leonard Ross
Sam Waterston
as Cutter
Herbert Lom
as Yaskov
Ned Beatty
as Myerson
George Baker
as Westlake
Ivor Roberts
as Ludlum
Severn Darden
as Maddox
George Pravda
as Saint Breheret
Jacquelyn Hyde
as Realtor
Mike Gwilym
as Alfie
Allan Cuthbertson
as Chartermain
Ray Charleson
as Clausen
Anne Haney
as Mrs. Myerson
Roy Sampson
as Police Sergeant
Shan Wilson
as Spy in Octoberfest
Randal Patrick
as Mechanic
Joe Dorsey
as Security Guard
Candice Howard
as Maddox's Receptionist
Susan McShayne
as Cocktail Waitress
Yolanda King
as Coffee Shop Manager
Antony Carrick
as Salesman in Electric Shop
Osman Ragheb
as CIA Telephone Technician
Roland Frohlich
as Border Guard
Jeremy Young
as Immigration Officer
Sally Nesbitt
as Telephone Operator
Susan Engel
as Westlake's Receptionist
Michael Cronin
as Policeman
Joanna McCallum
as Bookshop Cashier
Laura Whyte
as Myerson's Secretary
Larry Larson
as FBI Technician
Sean Worthy
as FBI Man
Richard Moore
as Seaplane Pilot
Philip Voss
as Helicopter Pilot
Debra Hook
as Band Singer
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Critic Reviews for Hopscotch

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (1)

enjoyable romp

September 29, 2005
Shadows on the Wall

...ultimately never amounts to much.

Full Review… | April 25, 2004
Reel Film Reviews

Hopscotch offers a successful mix of adventure, comedy and romance.

Full Review… | January 29, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

a light, breezy riff on spy movie conventions

September 15, 2002
Q Network Film Desk

Ronald Neame's cheeky spy comedy Hopscotch isn't quite an awful movie, but it's so thoroughly and relentlessly mediocre...

Full Review… | August 22, 2002

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August 3, 2005

Audience Reviews for Hopscotch

Though it's aged a bit awkwardly in an era where espionage films are expected to deliver thrills, Hopscotch remains an amusing comedy bolstered considerably by the presence of Walter Matthau.

Isaac H
Isaac H

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Its all very silly, but still entertaining. I can't help but enjoy something that makes our intelligence organizations look like a bunch of bumbling idiots. Matthau is great, as is the score which consists of random Mozart, Puccini, and Rossini selections.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

Super Reviewer

Half boring, and half funny. This movie isn't really worth watching unless you're a fan of Landau. The story is kind of silly, but it's okay.

Aj V
Aj V

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