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Topaz -- The best-selling spy novel bursts onto the screen, starring John Forsythe and Frederick Stafford, in this riveting escapade of international intrigue, espionage, betrayal and murder.
Topaz -- The best-selling spy novel bursts onto the screen, starring John Forsythe and Frederick Stafford, in this riveting escapade of international intrigue, espionage, betrayal and murder.

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Director:
Writers:
Leon Uris (from the novel by)
Samuel A. Taylor (screenplay)
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Release Date:
19 December 1969 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Hitchcock takes you behind the actual headlines to expose the most explosive spy scandal of the century!
Plot:
A French intelligence agent becomes embroiled in the Cold War politics first with uncovering the events leading up to the 1962 Cuban Missle Crisis, and then back to France to break up an international Russian spy ring. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Underrated Hitchcock See more (85 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Frederick Stafford ... Andre Devereaux
Dany Robin ... Nicole Devereaux

John Vernon ... Rico Parra

Karin Dor ... Juanita de Cordoba

Michel Piccoli ... Jacques Granville

Philippe Noiret ... Henri Jarre
Claude Jade ... Michele Picard

Michel Subor ... Francois Picard
Per-Axel Arosenius ... Boris Kusenov

Roscoe Lee Browne ... Philippe Dubois
Edmon Ryan ... McKittreck
Sonja Kolthoff ... Mrs. Kusenov
Tina Hedström ... Tamara Kusenov (as Tina Hedstrom)
John Van Dreelen ... Claude Martin
Donald Randolph ... Luis Uribe (as Don Randolph)
Roberto Contreras ... Muñoz
Carlos Rivas ... Hernandez
Roger Til ... Jean Chabrier
Lewis Charles ... Pablo Mendoza
Sándor Szabó ... Emile Redon (as Sandor Szabo)
Anna Navarro ... Carlotta Mendoza
Lew Brown ... American Official
John Roper ... Thomas
George Skaff ... Rene d'Arcy

John Forsythe ... 'Michael Nordstrom' in opening credits / as Michael Nordstrom in closing credits
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Fidel Castro ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Rita Conde ... Dolores (uncredited)

Ann Doran ... Mrs. Forsyth (uncredited)
Abel Fernandez ... Cuban Guerrilla Fighter (uncredited)
Gregory Gaye ... Meeting Co-Ordinator (uncredited)
Trent Gough ... UN Visitor (uncredited)

Ernesto 'Che' Guevara ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Alfred Hitchcock ... Man in Wheelchair at Airport (uncredited)
John Holland ... (uncredited)
Ray Kellogg ... Security Guard (uncredited)
Henry Kingi ... Man in Hotel Theresa hallway (uncredited)
John Stephenson ... State Department Interrogator (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Ambassador (uncredited)
Ben Wright ... French Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock 
 
Writing credits
Leon Uris (from the novel by)

Samuel A. Taylor (screenplay) (as Samuel Taylor)

Produced by
Herbert Coleman .... associate producer
Alfred Hitchcock .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Maurice Jarre 
 
Cinematography by
Jack Hildyard (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
William H. Ziegler 
 
Production Design by
Henry Bumstead 
 
Set Decoration by
John P. Austin (set decorations) (as John Austin)
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
 
Makeup Department
Leonard Engelman .... makeup artist
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
Nellie Manley .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Wallace Worsley Jr. .... unit production manager (as Wallace Worsley)
Fred Surin .... production manager: Paris (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Douglas Green .... assistant director
James A. Westman .... assistant director (as James Westman)
 
Art Department
Thomas J. Wright .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Robert R. Bertrand .... sound
Waldon O. Watson .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
Albert Whitlock .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
William Dodds .... camera operator
Bill Johnson .... camera operator (uncredited)
Sherman Kunkel .... camera operator (uncredited)
Doug Mathias .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Pierre Zucca .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Peter V. Saldutti .... costume supervisor: mens (as Peter Saldutti)
 
Editorial Department
Jeff Gourson .... assistant film editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Maurice Jarre .... conductor
 
Other crew
Odette Ferry .... technical advisor: French
J.P. Mathieu .... technical advisor: Cuban
Hal Mohr .... photographic consultant
Peggy Robertson .... assistant: Mr. Hitchcock
Trudy von Trotha .... script supervisor (as Trudy Von Trotha)
Orin Borsten .... publicist (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Alfred Hitchcock's Topaz" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
143 min | 127 min (edited version) | Portugal:125 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | Italy:VM14 | Netherlands:14 (orginal rating) | Norway:15 | Norway:16 (1970) | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Spain:18 | Sweden:11 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1993) (2001) | USA:PG | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | USA:M (original rating) (MPAA rating: certificate #22052) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Was reportedly one of Alfred Hitchcock's most unhappy directing jobs.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: In the porcelain factory, after breaking the statuette, Tamara Kusenov goes through a door to make a telephone call. The goon following her moves towards the door, now closed, to investigate it, and the shadow of a man appears briefly on the wall to the left of the door before we cut away from the shot... and it is not the shadow of the goon...See more »
Quotes:
Michèle Picard:Oh, the Cubans. I love the Cubans. They are so wild!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The Universal Story (1995) (TV)See more »

FAQ

Karin Dor---The 'Death Scene': How Did Hitch Do It?
Cast---Why no Big Stars?
"Topaz"---Based on True Events?
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15 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Underrated Hitchcock, 31 August 1999
Author: Eric-62-2 from Morristown, NJ

I agree completely with the previous reviewer that "Topaz", while not in the same ballpark as Hitchcock's best is still an underrated film that's gotten too much of a bum rap. I appreciate the fact that it's willing to take a look at the Castro regime for exactly what it has been and always will be. The tense scene where we watch Roscoe Lee Browne from a distance, with no dialogue and only the sound of street noises, bribe a Cuban official to get important material, ranks with Hitchcock's best. And Karin Dor is both radiantly sexy and courageous as a Cuban resistance leader. The ending is a bit abrupt and weak though, and I probably would have preferred one of the two alternate endings featured in the laser disc supplement.

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