1980s, American, Brian Garfield, CIA field officer, comedy, expose boss, Glenda Jackson, Golden Globe nomination, Herbert Lom, Hopscotch, Movies, Ned Beatty, novel adaptation, publish memoir, Ronald Neame, Sam Waterston, spy thriller, Walter Matthau
Hopscotch (AVCO Embassy Pictures, 1980)
Hopscotch is a 1980 American spy comedy thriller film, produced by Edie Landau and Ely A. Landau, directed by Ronald Neame, that stars Walter Matthau, Glenda Jackson, Sam Waterston, Ned Beatty and Herbert Lom. The screenplay was written by Bryan Forbes and Brian Garfield, based on Garfield’s novel of the same name. Former CIA field officer Miles Kendig (Matthau) is intent on publishing an explosive memoir that will also expose the dirty tricks of Myerson (Beatty), his obnoxious, incompetent and profane former boss. Myerson and Kendig’s protégé Joe Cutter (Waterston) are repeatedly foiled in their attempts to capture the former agent and stop the publication of his memoir. He cleverly stays one step ahead of his pursuers as the chase hopscotches around America and western Europe. Matthau received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.