This one feels dated in both tone and execution, the script is workaday and yet the actors manage to transcend the weakness of the material. Matthau is always a joy, Glenda Jackson (if underused) brings old school spark, Ned Beatty is a perfect jerk and both Herbert Lom and Sam Waterston provide dignity and even pathos. I just wish it had a bit more weight and bite.
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.
Could this be the Four Lions of its time? Replacing our current terrorism-fueled war with a cold one? Not only do I think so but Hopscotch has the brilliant mindset in its charm and comedy. The great Walter Matthau kills it as the CIA old-hand and nearly child-like rebel against his boss. The ride carries this great performance(s) and brings on a healthy does of MASH-like comedy to something serious.