Plot & Details
Filmed on locations ranging from Denmark to the Universal backlot, Alfred Hitchcock's Topaz is based on a novel by Leon Uris. Frederick Stafford, a veteran of European-filmed James Bond rip-offs of the 1960s, is cast as Andre Devereaux, a French secret agent assigned to snoop around Cuba in the months prior to the 1962 missile crisis. Someone is supplying Castro -- and, by extension, Moscow -- with NATO secrets; it is up to Devereaux to liquidate the "mole." Aiding Devereaux is CIA agent Nordstrom (John Forsythe) and aristocratic anti-Castro Cuban Juanita (Karin Dor), who happens to be the girlfriend of pro-Castroite Rico Parra (John Vernon). The director seems to be in awe of the fact-based storyline, and as a result, the film is more cut-and-dried than most Hitchcock efforts. Three different endings were filmed for Topaz; the Laserdisc version carries all three, as does the print available to the American Movie Classics cable service. According to the MPAA, the film was originally rated M but later changed to PG; however, a number of home-video issues of Topaz officially list it as "Not Rated."
- MPAA Rating: R
- Genre(s): Crime and Mystery,Drama,Thriller
- Run Time: 143min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 03/05/1999
- DVD Release Date: 03/06/2001
- Distributor(s): Artisan
- Director(s): Alfred Hitchcock
- Starring: Frederick Stafford , Dany Robin , John Vernon , Karin Dor , Michel Piccoli
- Themes: Traitorous Spies/Double Agents
- Tone: Deliberate,Matter-of-Fact,Tense,Visceral,Paranoid
- Keywords: Cuba, French [nationality], espionage, scientist, secret-agent
- Language: English