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 is a delightfully witty spy story that doesn't quite stoop to Austin Powers-esque spoof levels. Neame solidly directs the charming script, but the biggest success of this film is the ever-lovable Walter Matthau, putting in one of his greatest performances. The supporting cast of Sam Waterston, Ned Beatty, and Glenda Jackson help bounce off of Matthau. Hopscotch is definitely too funny to be so overlooked.
A very enjoyable, whimsical spy story. It only occasionally delves into the destabilizing and bumbling history of the CIA, but it does so enough to provide some tension and remind us of the very real stakes involved. The pacing is on-point, and the execution of Kendig's schemes fit the light-hearted theme just fine. Rounded up to 5 because it superbly told the story it wanted to tell, while being delightfully fun!
God, I love Walter Matthau in this. Between his performance and the constant needling of Ned Beatty's character through a series of hilarious screw-jobs Hopscotch is an unsung classic. It would be one of those underwhelmingly dull and actionless old man spy movies, but the comedic element really brought it to life.
Only modestly entertaining espionage comedy from director Ronald Neame is too easy-going to work as a spy thriller, and the humor is too slight to really work as a comedy. Walter Matthau is always entertaining, and he's backed by a great supporting cast that includes Glenda Jackson, Ned Beatty, Sam Waterston, and Herbert Lom - the cast manages to make it watchable, but not really memorable.