Topaz

Topaz

Alfred Hitchcock (1969)

120min
PG Certificate
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Our Score
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.

Summary

A CIA operative enlists the help of his friend, a French secret agent, in locating the source responsible for leaking classified Nato information to Moscow. However, the investigation leads to a Soviet espionage ring operating within the French government and a plot connected to a Cuban rebellion. Alfred Hitchcock's spy thriller, starring John Forsythe, Frederick Stafford, Dany Robin and Roscoe Lee Browne.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Alfred Hitchcock
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Other Information

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

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