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3.5
486 Ratings

Hopscotch

Directed by Ronald Neame
United States, 1980
Comedy, Thriller

Synopsis

One of the CIA’s top international operatives, Miles Kendig suddenly finds himself relegated to a desk job in an agency power play. Unwilling to go quietly, Kendig writes a memoir exposing the innermost secrets of every major intelligence agency in the world.

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Hopscotch Directed by Ronald Neame

Awards & Festivals

Writers Guild of America

1981 | Nominee: Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium (Screen)

Golden Globes (USA)

1981 | Nominee: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

Edgar Allan Poe Awards

1981 | Nominee: Best Motion Picture

it’s the film’s small, spontaneous touches that are most gratifying. Neame and Matthau render an iconic image out of the sight of Kendig hunched in a chair hunting and pecking at his memoir on a typewriter, listening to the music of Mozart (which provides tongue-in-cheek commentary throughout). Like Marlow’s, Kendig’s smugness is likeable because it isn’t larded with self-justification, which is one of many differences in sensibility that separates him from Meyerson.
August 17, 2017
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Neame’s touch is brisk and bouncy as Kendig goes globe-trotting, tapping out an incendiary memoir on a portable typewriter and needling Myerson to the point that the aspiring tyrant orders Cutter to kill his former partner. He relishes the comedy but also makes the viewer aware of the danger of what Kendig is doing.
August 15, 2017
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It has the distinction of being the only “feel-good” realistic spy film ever made. As the movie walks a fine line between serious drama and satirical comedy, and between topicality and escapism, it beguiles the viewer with its sophistication and complexity. The most surprising aspect of Hopscotch, however, may not be how well it walks that tightrope, but that its makers accomplished this balancing act in an era that saw the spy movie genre reduced to tales of relentless despair.
August 19, 2002
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