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Hopscotch

Ronald Neame

 
Hopscotch (Criterion Blu-Ray)

15 Aug 2017

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • United States
  • 1980
  • 105 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.39:1
  • English
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  • Spine #163

The inimitable comic team of Walter Matthau and Glenda Jackson star in this nimble tale of international intrigue from master British filmmaker Ronald Neame. Based on Brian Garfield’s best-selling novel, the blithe thriller centers on Miles Kendig (Matthau), a disillusioned retired CIA agent who, with the help of a chic and savvy Viennese widow (Jackson), threatens to publish his memoirs and expose the innermost secrets of every major intelligence agency in the world. Despite being in major hot water with his former colleagues, Kendig refuses to get in line—he’s having too much fun. Set to the sounds of Mozart, this lighthearted sendup of the paranoid dramas of its era is an expertly crafted, singular take on the spy movie.

Credits

DirectorRonald Neame
ProducersEdie and Ely Landau
ScreenplayBrian Garfield and Bryan Forbes
Executive in charge of productionMort Abrahams
Production designWilliam Creber
CinematographyArthur Ibbetson
EditingCarl Kress
Associate producersJonathan Bernstein and Brian Garfield
MusicIan Fraser
Executive producerOtto Plaschkes
Based on the novel byBrian Garfield

Disc Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Interviews from 2002 with director Ronald Neame and writer Brian Garfield
  • Walter Matthau in a 1980 appearance on The Dick Cavett Show
  • Trailer and teaser
  • Optional broadcast television audio track for family viewing
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Glenn Kenny

Film Essays

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Walter Matthau Sings! (and Other Delights of Hopscotch)

By Glenn Kenny August 15, 2017

Walter Matthau solidified his reputation as a formidable comedic force in this delightful Cold War espionage romp. Read more »


Film Essays

Hopscotch

By Bruce Eder August 19, 2002

Ronald Neame’s Hopscotch has the distinction of being the only “feel-good” realistic spy film ever made. As the movie walks a fine line between serious drama and satirical comedy, and between . . . Read more »

Film Essays

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Walter Matthau Sings! (and Other Delights of Hopscotch)

By Glenn Kenny August 15, 2017

Walter Matthau solidified his reputation as a formidable comedic force in this delightful Cold War espionage romp. Read more »


News

Toasting Ronald Neame

April 21, 2011

British filmmaker Ronald Neame, the director of such Criterion titles as The Horse’s Mouth, Tunes of Glory, and Hopscotch (not to mention The Poseidon Adventure), and the producer behind David . . . Read more »


On Five

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Ronnie Neame

By Karen Stetler July 22, 2010

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Film Essays

Hopscotch

By Bruce Eder August 19, 2002

Ronald Neame’s Hopscotch has the distinction of being the only “feel-good” realistic spy film ever made. As the movie walks a fine line between serious drama and satirical comedy, and between . . . Read more »

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Hopscotch (Criterion DVD)

15 Aug 2017

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SRP: $29.95

Criterion Store price:$23.96

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