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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:
Brilliant sequences in an unsung Hitchcock film See more (80 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)
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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)
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:
Director Cameo: [Alfred Hitchcock]about 30 minutes in at the airport getting out of a wheelchair.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Later in the film, as the camera pushes through the open front door into the house party, the closed door to the left of the screen can be seen to slide out of the way before it has gone out of shot (allowing the camera to continue forward).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

Claude Jade---When Did She Die?
Chicago Opening Happened When?
Roger Ebert---What Did He Write About Michel Piccoli?
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24 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant sequences in an unsung Hitchcock film, 8 April 2006
Author: Jugu Abraham (jugu_abraham@yahoo.co.uk) from Trivandrum, Kerala, India

While Leon Uris' book is a good read, Hitchcock's adaptation of the book for cinema captures much of the book's selling points. The killing of Juanita by Rico Parra is central to book and the film. The book has a sensual scene where Juanita distracts Parra to allow Andre to escape before she is killed. In the film, Hitchcock dispenses with the sexual distraction to go directly to the killing. The killing of Juanita captured by the overhead camera, shows the purple gown spreading in the floor as blood would have spread. No blood is shown—only the gown. What a brilliant shot from Hitchcock and cameraman Jack Hildyard! The second remarkable facet of the movie is the performance of Phillip Noiret as a French bureaucrat and spy. The lunch sequence (a typical Hitchcock food event) may look simple but the montage of shots capturing Noiret's apparent interest in the food than the conversation is truly engaging. Noiret is a fine actor. So is Michel Piccoli. The two of them outshine Frederick Stafford and John Forsythe.

The third most fascinating shot is post-torture interrogation of Mrs Mendoza—the whispered response from a posture that reminds one of Michelangelo's Pieta—with her dead husband replacing the dead Christ.

Hitchcock's perseverance with "marriage" continues. Andre blandly tells his daughter of his wife "She left me. I did not leave her" after a tryst with his lover in Havana. The Michel Piccoli character says of Andre's wife "Andre, his wife and I were very close. She married him." We know later that Andre's wife was cheating on him as she recognizes the Piccoli character's phone number at his secret love nest.

The defection sequence in Copenhagen might look clumsy—but Hitchcock's style is everywhere—faces in mirrors, close up of a porcelain figure about to be dropped with no music in the background, etc. What was most amusing was the criticism of the American espionage agents: "We would have done it better" and the exchange of words by the defector in Washington, D.C. Andre's outburst to his bosses on the outcome of French intervention in the defection would lead to the defector's assassination is equally poignant had the film ended with the French spy defecting to Russia (one of the alternate endings).

Finally, Hitchcock's use of the newspaper headlines during key scenes in the background was interesting: The Pieta shot had the newspaper shot in the background and the newspaper left behind on a bench in Paris is the final shot. The alternate endings—the duel and the departure of the spies to two cold-warring countries would not have served well as well the suicide of the spy suggested by the gunshot in his house.

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