Hopscotch is a high-spirited caper comedy which, unfortunately, reaches its peak too soon. Grizzled as usual, Walter Matthau plays CIA agent whose independent ways are too much for his finicky, double-dealing boss (Ned Beatty). So Matthau is put in charge of the files.

Hopscotch is a high-spirited caper comedy which, unfortunately, reaches its peak too soon. Grizzled as usual, Walter Matthau plays CIA agent whose independent ways are too much for his finicky, double-dealing boss (Ned Beatty). So Matthau is put in charge of the files.

But he never shows up for the new assignment, deciding instead to hide out and write a book that will embarrass not only the CIA but spies in every country, making himself a target for extinction from several directions.

Hiding out, Matthau takes up with Glenda Jackson. They are old flames and their initial moments together serve up the same good bantering chemistry of House Calls.

It’s all for laughs as Matthau evades the hunters while dreaming up additional ways to make fools of them.

Hopscotch

Production

Avco Embassy. Dir Ronald Neame; Producer Edie Landau, Ely Landau; Screenplay Brian Garfield, Bryan Forbes; Camera Arthur Ibbetson; Editor Carl Kress; Music Ian Fraser Art Dir William Creber

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1980. Running time: 104 MIN.

With

Walter Matthau Glenda Jackson Ned Beatty Sam Waterston Herbert Lom

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