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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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.
Tired and dated spy comedy that finds ever unlikely leading man Walter Matthau as a seasoned spy who retaliates against the C.I.A. , when he's about to be put out to pasture, by writing a tell all memoir. Supporting cast is completely wasted here especially Glenda Jackson who is demeaned with a supporting girlfriend role. With barely a lick of humour or inspiration this one makes no memorable impression.
I'd love to see a slightly more intense but contemporary version of this sort of spy thriller spoof, if only today's naive western viewers could catch a true glimpse of the absurd reality of the spy biz. A little too lightweight at times toward the middle, Hopscotch nonetheless has lots of charm due mainly to Matthau's (and Jackson's) understated brilliance, as well as a solid supporting cast.
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 sort of screwball spy spoof. Matthau has one of the great faces of cinema and its a delight to see him in this. A trifle to be sure but a nice palate cleanser before jumping back into the typically less lightweight fare one finds on Mubi. As Roger Ebert wrote "Hopscotch is a shaggy-dog thriller that never really thrills us very much, but leaves a nice feeling when it's over." Indeed.