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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:
Doing A Favor For An Ally See more (82 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:
Alfred Hitchcock shot three versions with completely different endings. All are included in the laserdisc reissue.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: At Jaques Granville's party when Deveraux is setting up the meeting with his colleagues, he says, "So that's five people who can help me." The line is obviously dubbed as he clearly mouths the word "six".See more »
Quotes:
Francois Picard:I've been shot...Just a little.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Taking Woodstock (2009)See more »

FAQ

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19 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Doing A Favor For An Ally, 14 September 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Topaz was the third from the last of the great Alfred Hitchcock's films and in those last few films Hitch eschewed using big American box office names. No doubt he'd come to the conclusion that his was the biggest box office name on the credits.

But if the leading and many of the supporting players were not known to American audiences they were certainly known to French audiences. Dany Robin, Frederick Stafford, Phillippe Noiret, Michel Subor, Michel Piccoli all have had substantial careers in the French cinema.

Topaz is certainly an international thriller with the action going from Copenhagen, to Harlem, to Cuba, and finally Paris. Only Cuba was not shot on actual location for obvious reasons.

The film is based on a spy novel surrounding the Cuban Missile Crisis. A Russian defector whose defection with his family is very nicely shot in Copenhagen hints at some major problems coming our way in the Pearl of the Antillies. Our biggest problem though is that because of the ill-fated Bay of Pigs invasion, we've got no real intelligence on the ground in Cuba. What to do?

Well if you're John Forsythe there's been a reason you've been cultivating the French for years. He goes to Frederick Stafford of French intelligence and asks him to find out what's happening in Cuba.

History in 1962 bares witness to what was happening in Cuba at that time, but also Stafford is concerned the Russians have a spy real high up in the French government, code name, Topaz.

There's a romantic angle here to, so very French. Stafford makes use of his mistress, a Cuban girl played by Karin Dor who wife Dany Robin has reasons to be suspicious of. Then again she's not sitting home waiting for the grass to grow under her feet. She's having a fling with Michel Piccoli who is a friend of her husband.

International Geopolitics and romantic affairs are all tied together in this novel which Hitchcock serves up with his usual touch.

What a sad end both the leads in this film had. Frederick Stafford was killed in a plane crash in 1979 and Dany Robin and her husband died in an apartment house fire in 1995. Truly a cursed film.

Besides those mentioned look for good performances by John Vernon as a Castro aide and wannabe and from Roscoe Lee Browne who's an operator for French Intelligence in Harlem. I kid you not.

It's not one of Alfred Hitchcock's best films, but Topaz is entertaining enough and Hitchcock fans won't be disappointed.

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