"He actually has the balls to hide out in my house!"
The 1980 adaptation
of the Brian Garfield novel, co-written by the original author. This Cold War-era
espionage comedy stars Walter Matthau as Miles Kendig, a CIA field agent who is Kicked Upstairs
after refusing to terminate
his Soviet counterpart, an affable operator
named Yaskov (Herbert Lom). Ned Beatty
plays Myerson, the immature bureaucrat who does the kicking — and screaming
. Rather than ride a desk for the next few years, Kendig decides to write and publish his memoirs, including thirty years' worth of state secrets. Aided by his lover Isobel (Glenda Jackson) and hunted by his protege Joe Cutter (Sam Waterston), Kendig skips around the globe as the CIA and KGB race to apprehend him.
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