A French Intelligence Agent becomes embroiled in the Cold War politics first with uncovering the events leading up to the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, and then back to France to break up an international Russian spy ring.

Director:

Alfred Hitchcock

Writers:

Leon Uris (from the novel by), Samuel A. Taylor (screenplay) (as Samuel Taylor)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Per-Axel Arosenius ... Boris Kusenov
Roscoe Lee Browne ... Philippe Dubois
Edmon Ryan ... McKittreck
Sonja Kolthoff Sonja Kolthoff ... Mrs. Kusenov
Tina Hedström Tina Hedström ... Tamara Kusenov (as Tina Hedstrom)
John Van Dreelen ... Claude Martin
Donald Randolph Donald Randolph ... Luis Uribe (as Don Randolph)
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Storyline

A high ranking Russian official defects to the U.S., where he is interviewed by U.S. Agent Michael Nordstrom. The defector reveals that a French spy ring codenamed "Topaz" has been passing N.A.T.O. secrets to the Russians. Michael calls in his French friend and counterpart Andre Devereaux to expose the spies. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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What is TOPAZ? Is TOPAZ a person? A code name? A mystery? It's all of these and more. TOPAZ is Leon Uris' best-seller about the most incredible spy scandal in years. See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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Trivia

After Leon Uris left the movie, Sir Alfred Hitchcock asked Arthur Laurents if he was interested in working with Hitchcock on the script for this movie, but Laurents refused. So Hitchcock called Samuel A. Taylor to work on the script. One of the difficulties Hitchcock and Taylor faced was they didn't have enough time. According to the book "The A-Z of Hitchcock", Taylor had to continue writing throughout the shooting. See more »

Goofs

The calendar in Philippe's office is labeled "September 1962" but one day later Andre is reading a newspaper dated in late October. See more »

Quotes

Francois Picard: Could I ask you what this is about? I am your son-in-law.
Andre Devereaux: You are also a newspaper man. Take care of the women.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: Somewhere in this crowd is a high Russian official who disagrees with his government's display of force and what it threatens. Very soon his conscience will force him to attempt an escape while apparently on a vacation with his family. Copenhagen, Denmark Nineteen Hundred Sixty-two See more »

Alternate Versions

Hitchcock shot two versions with completely different endings. Both endings are featured in the laserdisc version. See more »

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Truly Hitchcockian despite its weaknesses
10 March 2003 | by TheFerrymanSee all my reviews

Unfortunately, I'd only come across the weak ending version. Despite of that, it's a truly Hitchcockian film. The memorable scenes are pure and exclusively visual: the intriguing start, the stealing of the documents, the death of Juanita, the torturing of the cuban spies, the discovery of the body at Jarre's apartment, the meal of the french officers...

Hitchcock used to take technical challenges in every one of his films, I assume that here he committed to deliver the most complicated information concerning the plot without using dialogue, and he succeed.

There's a lot of subtle humor and some clever twists. The cuban officers are just great, absolutely surreal. I loved the atmosphere in that hotel room, with people doing paperwork, smoking cigars and drinking, and the detail of the hamburger wrapped in the document. I think the very broad differences in tone between the three main sections of the film affects the pace and the appreciation of the story as a whole.

It's amazing how Hitchcock managed to survive in it in the light of the multitude of trouble this film went through.

Watching the video version edited in Norway had its extra. Amazingly, all subtitles were delayed a good five, six minutes throughout the entire film, so you actually had text during the silent scenes and incongruities such as love words during killings.


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Release Date:

19 December 1969 (USA) See more »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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