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Hopscotch [DVD]

Walter Matthau , Glenda Jackson , Mike Gwilym    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Walter Matthau, Glenda Jackson, Ned Beatty, Sam Waterston, Herbert Lom
  • Directors: Mike Gwilym
  • Producers: Ian Fraser
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Second Sight
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Jun 2008
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00149XOTU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,203 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Walter Matthau plays a CIA man who disappears and begins mailing his memoirs, chapter by chapter, to intelligence agencies throughout the world, helped by an old lover and former spy (Glenda Jackson). He exposes espionage secrets as revenge for his demotion to a desk job and the powers that be decide he must be stopped.

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Miles Kendig is a veteran CIA agent who finds himself reduced to a desk job after the arrival of new boss Myerson. Refusing to take it lying down he disappears and begins to write his memoirs, threatening to lift the lid on the world's top intelligence agencies. He soon has both the CIA and the KGB in hot pursuit but Kendig is a hard man to keep up with. Walter Matthau and Glenda Jackson are the perfect comic partnership in this classic spy caper from celebrated director Ronald Neame. Special feature: Introduction by director Ronald Neame and writer Brian Garfield

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A satisfying spy caper where no-one gets hurt. 12 Jun 2008
By R. F. Stevens HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I saw the last 75% of this on TV and immediately knew I needed to buy it.

Being somewhat cautious of old films transferred to DVD, on delivery I set aside a few minutes to check the quality. Over two hours later, after also viewing the excellent 'making of' feature, I realised I had missed an important appointment. On ringing up to apologise and explain, ruffled feathers were instantly soothed when they knew it was Hopscotch that had distracted me.

It is light and warm, villains are suitably discomforted, but there is no violence, and almost no bad language either apart from the bad guy - Ned Beatty's 'Myerson', the CIA boss Matthau dislikes so much.

There are numerous subtle deft touches that one might miss on a first viewing; it is beautifully made, and superbly lit and composed.

The 'special feature' gives one a lot of background about making the film, and is well worth viewing.

If you have a wet afternoon to pass, and there is nothing on TV, and reading a book is too much like hard work, and you are feeling a little down, then there is nothing better to restore you than Hopscotch.

The sound is very good, albeit mono. The picture is excellent, 2.35:1 in 16:9 frame, and, after the first few minutes where there are some minor specks to reassure you it really is film, clean and steady. This 2008 UK edition is also a region 0 DVD.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Matthau at his best 14 April 2008
Format:DVD
This was Matthau and Jackson's second pairing in a comedy. Not as witty as their previous film together (House Calls) but they still strike sparks off each other. Matthau's CIA agent is about to quit and write an expose of the intelligence world. This really hacks off his boss (Beatty), British intelligence and even Lom's head of the KGB so the three co-operate in an attempt to silence him permanently. With the help of his girl friend (Jackson) he stays ahead of them all and even rents his boss's country house for a few days. Beatty's face when he sees what his gorillas have done to it is a real picture! The plot is a bit weak at times, which is why this review doesn't give the maximum score, but Matthau is at his comedic best given the material he has to work with. Of course Jackson is always good value for money with impeccable comic timing. Not the best concept, but plenty of laughs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie! 7 Jan 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Miles Kendig (played Walter Matthau) is a CIA agent who is used to doing things his way. When his new chief, the abusive and bombastic G.P. Myerson (Ned Beatty), decides to retire him behind a desk, Kendig decides that the CIA needs a house cleaning--and that his memoirs would make the perfect broom. Now Kendig is on the run from the Agency: sending out new chapters, playing hide-and-seek with old associates. It's all a game, a game of hopscotch, and Kendig needs to keep one step ahead. Will he succeed? [Color, released in 1980, with a running time of 1 hour, 44 minutes.]
I have loved this movie since it came out in 1980! It is just the perfect mix of adventure and humor. Humorous, but not a comedy movie--it's an adventure story with a sense of humor. And now for the bad news: to make his character more dislikable, Ned Beatty swears incessantly in this movie, which makes it a little much to watch in front of small children (I have two). That said, though, I do not know why this movie deserved its R rating. There is no nudity, and practically no violence. And I must add, the swearing is not too much for adult viewers; I have yet to meet anyone who doesn't break into uproarious laughter when Myerson angrily gives his opinion of what FBI stands for!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Hopscotch is one of those comedies that isn't particularly funny for much of its running time but is such an enjoyable cat-and-mouse caper it really doesn't matter. At times seeming like a playful variation on Charley Varrick (it even ends with a biplane being chased) with an intentional complete absence of violence - no-one gets hurt at all in the film - Walter Matthau is the veteran spy who gets demoted by Ned Beatty's vindictive and foul-mouthed boss and decides to get his own back by writing his memoirs and mailing it to the CIA, KGB and MI5 a chapter at a time while his erstwhile employers try to catch up with him as he flits between Austria, London, Bermuda and Beatty's own summerhouse. While Matthau shares surprisingly little screen time with romantic foil Glenda Jackson (much of their relationship is carried out long distance), his dry humor is so perfectly suited to the part it's a surprise that author Brian Garfield and co-writer (and original director before he dropped out for scheduling reasons) Bryan Forbes intended Warren Beatty to play the lead. Ronald Neame's unobtrusive direction keeps things ticking along nicely while giving the cast enough room to breathe, while Sam Waterston and Herbert Lom are good value in the supporting cast.

Unfortunately the UK DVD uses the TV soundtrack that censors and redubs all of Ned Beatty's colourful vocabulary that provided many of the original version's laughs, a particular problem with a character who can barely last a sentence without swearing, though Criterion's US DVD includes both the uncensored and TV soundtracks as well as a couple of trailers (though the picture quality isn't quite as good as the UK release). Both releases are 2.35:1 widescreen transfers that include a good 19-minute interview with director Ronald Neame and writer Brian Garfield.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Absolutely Brilliant Drama Comedy
Published 1 day ago by Mr.A.S.Mote
5.0 out of 5 stars Hopscotch
One of my favourite films from years ago. It still leaves me laughing. Sophisticated slapstick, impossible but somethow you still want to believe it!
Published 2 months ago by Barrie Cronin
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good and clever movie, I thought
Clever and funny. Unpredictable too. Matthau was always great, and Glenda Jackson is brilliant. Watch it if you haven't already.
Published 3 months ago by Mikie
5.0 out of 5 stars A most velcome to my archive
It is a wonderful and very funny film indeed. The copy was of high quality and the dialogue was excellentlt undeatandable.
Published 4 months ago by Claus Byrith
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly clever film
Wonderful film with superb cast...one of the classics..decided to buy it again after not having seen it for years. Parcel arrived as usual in perfect condition and swiftly.thanks
Published 8 months ago by Shasha
5.0 out of 5 stars Matthau at his best
A lovely romp! Ably supported by Brenda Jackson (before she became an ardent Socialist) this tale of espionage (or perhaps one should say anti-espionage! Read more
Published 9 months ago by D. Conquest
5.0 out of 5 stars Best feelgood ever
I'm a great fan of both Matthau and Jackson and this is a gem of comedy that will always pick me up! I heartily recommend anyone having this on a shelf. Better than Prozac.
Published 15 months ago by VixB
5.0 out of 5 stars At last found, a dvd to have
This film was one of my favorit (and still is...) during my study time in Ghent : I saw the film 3 times in 2 months. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Nick BOCKEN
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb in every way, Walter and Glenda at their best......
Superb classic tale, old spy wants out but has to fool bosses to achieve aim.
Two top actors at their best.....
Published 18 months ago by Gail
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic film
I was delighted to find this film on DVD as I had seen it many years ago but not been able to get a video or DVD in Oz. Read more
Published 23 months ago by GabyL
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