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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:
Atypical Hitchcock See more (79 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

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Trivia:
After Leon Uris left the film, Alfred Hitchcock asked Arthur Laurents if he was interested in working with Hitchcock on the script of Topaz. But Arthur Laurents refused. So Hitchcock called Samuel A. Taylor to work on the script. One of the difficulties Hitchcock and Samuel Taylor faced was they didn't have enough time to work on the script. According to the book "The A-Z of Hitchcock", Samuel Taylor had to continue writing throughout the shooting.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:
Francois Picard:I've been shot...Just a little.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Taking Woodstock (2009)See more »

FAQ

Hitchcock---Did He Help Promote the Film?
Frederick Stafford---What Other Film Did He Do in 1969?
Dany Robin---What Did She Do to Get to Sleep?
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47 out of 58 people found the following review useful.
Atypical Hitchcock, 10 August 2000
Author: (patrick.hunter@csun.edu) from Northridge, Ca

Like so many Hollywood talents, Hitchcock was stereotyped. Also like so many Hollywood talents, whenever he tried to escape stereotyping, he would get criticized. That certainly was the case with TOPAZ. Although not as humorous, nor as romantic, nor even as exciting as the director's best films, the movie is nonetheless an intelligent and intriguing spy drama, one that compares more to a motion picture like DAY OF THE JACKYL than usual Hitchcock fare.

His other spy dramas, like NORTH BY NORTHWEST, may be more fun, but none of them are as realistic. In fact, very few spy films have the authenticity as TOPAZ. The story is based on fact. In 1962, a Russian top-level KGB defector informed the U.S. that some very high-level French diplomats, in a group called "Sapphire", were selling secrets to the Soviet Union. TIME Magazine printed this story in April 26, 1968, and did so using the same source that Leon Uris did: the U.S. sympathizing (and exiled) former Chief of French Intelligence, Philippe Thyraud de Vosjoli.

Incidentally, a viewer needs to know the chronology and key events surrounding the 1962 Cuban Missile Crises as background, or else the film will be confusing. I suspect many critics condemn it because it's easier for them to dismiss the film rather than confront their own ignorance.

Not that this movie is without weaknesses. Hitchcock was no realist, and the grim world of films like THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD is probably the type of ambiance it should have presented, but doesn't. However, I definitely join the camp of those who consider it underrated. I read writers on Hitchcock who unthinkingly rank TOPAZ with his worst stuff, and yet many of us prefer it over THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY, MR. AND MRS. SMITH, and other Hitchcock works that don't get castigated as nearly as much. I can't help but suspect they receive less criticism because they are more typical Hitchcock. This film is atypical Hitchcock, so readjust your expectations accordingly.

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