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Topaz (1969)

A French intelligence agent becomes embroiled in the Cold War politics first with uncovering the events leading up to the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, and then back to France to break up an international Russian spy ring.

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Mrs. Kusenov
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Tamara Kusenov (as Tina Hedstrom)
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Claude Martin
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Luis Uribe (as Don Randolph)
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Storyline

A high ranking Russian official defects to the United States, where he is interviewed by US agent Michael Nordstrom. The defector reveals that a French spy ring codenamed "Topaz" has been passing NATO secrets to the Russians. Michael calls in his French friend and counterpart Andre Devereaux to expose the spies. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Hitchcock takes you behind the actual headlines to expose the most explosive spy scandal of the century! See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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19 December 1969 (USA)  »

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Alfred Hitchcock's Topaz  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to Donald Spoto's book "The Art of Alfred Hitchcock: Fifty Years Of His Motion Pictures", Universal Pictures executives forced this project on Alfred Hitchcock. See more »

Goofs

When Dubois and Uribe go into the bathroom to discuss obtaining the briefcase there are two Cubans sitting in the corner opposite the door. When Dubois and Uribe come out of the bathroom, the two Cubans are no longer there. See more »

Quotes

Philippe Dubois: I think I'll go as a reporter. I'm loaded with press cards. Ebony, Playboy, Newsweek...
Andre Devereaux: Ebony.
Philippe Dubois: I think Playboy is more my style.
Andre Devereaux: [shakes head] Ebony.
Philippe Dubois: Man, you're square!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: Somewhere in this crowd is a high Russian official who disagrees with his government's display of force and what it threatens. Very soon his conscience will force him to attempt an escape while apparently on a vacation with his family. Copenhagen, Denmark Nineteen Hundred Sixty-two See more »

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Referenced in Unikal'noe pozdravlenie (2014) See more »

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Serviceable, workmanlike spy thriller that will never end up in anyone's "Top 10 Hitchcock films" list
1 May 2007 | by See all my reviews

"Topaz" is at its best when Alfred Hitchcock lets the camera tell the story: there are several small but brilliant moments in this film. But while his direction is still masterful, his pacing certainly isn't - the film often feels talky and plodding. The abrupt ending is another problem - one of the alternative endings, the airport one, sounds much better (unfortunately I haven't had the chance to see it yet). Frederick Stafford is no Cary Grant or even Rod Taylor, but he does the job; so do the rest of the actors, with Phillipe Noiret a standout in a brief role and Karin Dor adding a touch of sensuality to the proceedings. On the whole, "Topaz" is not even among Hitchcock's Top 10 pictures, but his fans will still have fun spotting his touches here and there. His cameo - a wheelchair-bound man who suddenly gets up and starts walking (!) - is just one of them. (**1/2)

EDIT: I finally did see the airport ending: it is undeniably better than the present one, but still a bit too abrupt.


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