Friday, March 7, 2014

Flick Pick: Hopscotch

(Avco Embassy, 1980)

Low-key and high-value spy comedy, with Walter Matthau as the spy on the outs writing a tell-all, Glenda Jackson as his straightman love interest, Sam Waterston as his protégé trying to stop him, and Ned Beatty as the epitome of every pompous bureaucrat deserving comeuppance, which Matthau's Miles Kendig delivers with irony and aplomb. That the score is mostly Mozart and/or opera, chosen to no small degree by Matthau himself, is an added bonus. Definitely a little gem of a movie.


Dan said...

I had never heard of this movie. I watched it this weekend on Netflix and really enjoyed it. Thanks.

Aesop said...

Happy to be of service.