Topaz

  • PG
  • Alfred Hitchcock (1969)
  • US
  • 120 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
2 out of 5

Adapting from his own bestseller, Leon Uris wrote the original screenplay for this lacklustre spy story. Alfred Hitchcock, who had no real enthusiasm for the project, eventually asked for a rewrite by Samuel Taylor, who had worked on Vertigo, but there was still far too much plot, too many explanations, and not enough character depth to bring this Cold War thriller to life. Shot around the globe with a cosmopolitan if not particularly starry cast, the action centres on a Cuban revolutionary and the presence of double agents in the French Secret Service. Hitchcock was so at odds with his material that he reportedly shot three different endings for perhaps the poorest film of his Hollywood career.

Plot Summary

Alfred Hitchcock's spy thriller based on the novel by Leon Uris, starring John Forsyth and Frederick Stafford. In 1962, a French agent assists CIA efforts to discover how deeply the Russians are involved in Cuba.

Cast and crew

Cast

Michael Nordstrom
John Forsythe
André Devereaux
Frederick Stafford
Nicole Devereaux
Dany Robin
Rico Parra
John Vernon
Juanita de Cordoba
Karin Dor
Jacques Granville
Michel Piccoli
Henri Jarre
Philippe Noiret
Michele Picard
Claude Jade
François Picard
Michel Subor
Philippe Dubois
Roscoe Lee Browne
Boris Kusenov
Per-Axel Arosenius
McKittreck
Edmon Ryan
Mrs Kusenov
Sonja Kolthoff

Crew

Director
Alfred Hitchcock

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Anatole de Grumwald
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate PG
Categories
Drama

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