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Topaz (1969)

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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Andre Devereaux
... Nicole Devereaux
... Rico Parra
... Juanita de Cordoba
... Jacques Granville
... Henri Jarre
... Michele Picard
... Francois Picard
Per-Axel Arosenius ... Boris Kusenov
... Philippe Dubois
... McKittreck
Sonja Kolthoff ... Mrs. Kusenov
Tina Hedström ... Tamara Kusenov (as Tina Hedstrom)
... Claude Martin
Donald Randolph ... Luis Uribe (as Don Randolph)
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A high ranking Russian official defects to the United States, where he is interviewed by US agent Michael Nordstrom. The defector reveals that a French spy ring codenamed "Topaz" has been passing NATO 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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Hitchcock takes you behind the actual headlines to expose the most explosive spy scandal of the century! See more »

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19 December 1969 (USA)  »

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Alfred Hitchcock's Topaz  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Leon Uris wrote the first draft of the screenplay, but Alfred Hitchcock declared it unshootable at the last minute and called in Samuel A. Taylor (writer of Vertigo (1958)) to rewrite it from scratch. Some scenes were written just hours before they were shot. See more »

Goofs

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

Michele Picard: Oh, the Cubans. I love the Cubans. They are so wild!
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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 »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Bruce Dern/Luther Vandross (1982) See more »

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Fairly fascinating spy story
6 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

Topaz (1969) is the 51st Alfred Hitchcock movie.In the year 1962 there's the cold war going on.The story takes you to Denmark, NYC, Washington DC, Paris and Cuba when it was ran by a man named Fidel Castro.Remember? Topaz is based on the novel by Leon Uris.This is not Hitchcock's best work but it's not bad either.He couldn't make a bad movie.Hitchcock at worst would be a masterpiece to some directors of our time.One thing this movie was criticized about was that it didn't have any big stars there.That may be a little problem, but just a little.There still are some great actors performing their parts.The most known name would be the now 90 year old John Forsythe.Also the late Roscoe Lee Browne is in the movie.Frederick Stafford is there.Michel Subor, Michel Piccoli, Philippe Noiret and so on.There are many French actors in this movie and people were probably expecting Cary Grant or Jimmy Stewart.Nevertheless this is a good movie.Not the best of Hitch but for a man with so many masterpieces under his belt you couldn't expect him hit the jackpot every time.


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