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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:
An underrated Cold War thriller 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

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Trivia:
The shop that the Kusenovs visit just before their defection is Den Permanente, a permanent exhibition of Danish Arts and Crafts. It was founded in 1931 as a cooperative by some Danish artists and craftsmen.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The Kusenovs arrive in the US in a USAF C-135 marked "Military Airlift Command". The movie is set in 1962 but that organization did not come into existence until 1966. The aircraft should have been marked "Military Air Transport Service".See more »
Quotes:
Michèle Picard:Oh, the Cubans. I love the Cubans. They are so wild!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Scarface (1983)See more »

FAQ

Hitchcock---Did He Help Promote the Film?
Castro---did he block Hitchcock from filimg in Cuba?
Hotel Scene---What New York Hotel Was It?
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36 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
An underrated Cold War thriller, 24 July 1999
Author: sundar-2 from Ontario, Canada

Based on Leon Uris' novel of the same name about the tense days of the Cuban missile crisis, Alfred Hitchcock's `Topaz' is an underrated cold-war thriller - - underrated by English-speaking audiences and critics probably because the chief protagonist is a Frenchman! The first half of the movie is especially exciting, starting as it does with the defection (very realistically filmed) of a top Soviet official to the U.S, who hints at the existence of Soviet missiles in Cuba.. Frederick Stafford very adequately plays Andre Deveraux, the French trade official with Cuban connections whose help is requested by the Americans. Karin Dor is excellent as his beautiful Cuban paramour. Hitchcock's initial portrayal of Castro's Cuba is that of a rather benign place, but quickly changes to a frightening place later in the movie when the director clearly delineates the full brutality of his terrible regime. Deveraux's allies in Cuba are tortured and killed. The last third of the film, set in France, is not as exciting. The movie takes it own time exposing the members of the Topaz spy ring. The transition of the action from Cuba to France is abrupt and is another weakness of this flick. Maybe, `Topaz' should have been filmed in 2 parts, one about the Cuban missile crisis and another about French fellow-travellers! This is, perhaps, the only movie in which Hitchcock seems to show some sympathy towards those who get murdered, as evidenced by the final scene, which shows the ironical contrast between the superficial newspaper headline about the Cuban missile crisis ending and the grim fates of the unsung secret agents who helped end it. `Topaz' is one of the best cold-war movies ever made. Critics should re-evaluate it. But it is only a good Hitchcock movie, not his best.

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