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cover: Hopscotch (Criterion)

Hopscotch (Criterion)

Director(s): Ronald Neame

Theatrical Release: 1980

Cast: Walter Matthau, Glenda Jackson, Ned Beatty, Sam Waterston, Herbert Lom, David Matthau

Genre(s): Comedy, spy, Action, Thriller, Criterion Collection, Dean's List

Countries: USA


Location in store: Hollywood > Comedy

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Running Time: 105m.

Walter Matthau plays a CIA agent who's been confined by office politics to a desk job. The disgruntled Matthau quits the service and heads to Europe, where he links up with former lover (an fellow ex-agent) Glenda Jackson. All goes smoothly until Matthau acts on the advice of yet another retired agent, Russian Herbert Lom, who suggests that Matthau write a tell-all autobiography. Spitefully, Matthau sends out copies of his first chapter to the heads of the CIA agencies throughout the world--and from that point on, he and Jackson don't have a moment's peace. This delights Matthau: now that all of his former colleagues are chasing after him, he has a reason to get up in the morning. As written by Brian Garfield, Hopscotch was a conventionally serious espionage novel. As adapted for the big screen by Garfield and Bryan Forbes, Hopscotch is a lively exercise in cloak-and-dagger comedy, even when the pursuit of Matthau turns deadly towards the end. (allmovie.com)

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Criterion Collection DVD #163 Special Features:

! New high-definition digital transfer, enhanced for widescreen televisions

! Video introduction featuring interviews with director Ronald Neame and novelist and screenwriter Brian Garfield

! Original theatrical trailer and teaser

! The original television audio track, remixed for family viewing, presented as an alternate audio track

! English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired

! Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
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