Topaz

Topaz

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Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Cast: Alfred Hitchcock, Frederick Stafford, Dany Robin, John Vernon

     
 

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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

Overview

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."

Product Details

Release Date:
06/20/2006
UPC:
0025192831423
Original Release:
1969
Rating:
NR
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:23:00
Sales rank:
5,159

Special Features

"Topaz: An Appreciation" by film historian and critic Leonard Maltin; Three alternate endings; Storyboards: The Mendozas; Production photographs; Production notes; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
John Forsythe Michael Nordstrom
Lew Brown American Official
Roscoe Lee Browne Philippe Dubois
Lewis Charles Mr. Mendoza
Roberto Contreras Munoz
Tina Hedstrom Tamara Kusenov
Alfred Hitchcock Man in Wheelchair
Sonja Kolthoff Mrs. Kusenov
Anna Navarro Mrs. Mendoza
Don Randolph Luis Uribe
Carlos Rivas Hernandez
John Roper Thomas
Edmon Ryan McKittreck
George Skaff Rene d'Arcy
Sandor Szabo Emile Redon
Roger Til Jean Chabrier
John van Dreelen Claude Martin

Technical Credits
Alfred Hitchcock Director,Producer
Samuel A.Taylor Screenwriter
John P. Austin Set Decoration/Design
Henry Bumstead Production Designer
Herbert Coleman Associate Producer
Leonard Engelman Makeup
Douglas Green Asst. Director
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Jack Hildyard Cinematographer
Maurice Jarre Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Leon Uris Source Author
Waldon O. Watson Sound/Sound Designer
James A. Westman Asst. Director
Bud Westmore Makeup
Albert J. Whitlock Special Effects
Wallace Worsley Production Manager
William H. Ziegler Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Topaz
1. Main Titles [2:11]
2. The Defectors [15:42]
3. Intelligence Concerns [4:55]
4. Dinner With Devereaux [7:36]
5. The Facts About Cuba [3:08]
6. Andre's Assignment [5:37]
7. The Man from Martinique [21:21]
8. The Cuban Operative [10:34]
9. Things Fall Apart [17:32]
10. Fate of a Traitor [1:59]
11. Topaz [11:58]
12. Traitors in Our Midst [8:31]
13. The Devereaux Problem [4:33]
14. Jarre's Interview [5:53]
15. The Body in the Courtyard [8:57]
16. Nicole's Secret [1:54]
17. The Last of Topaz [4:54]
18. Crisis Averted (Titles) [4:05]

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Topaz 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
The_Beastlord_Slavedragon More than 1 year ago
This was a great film. It was showed as a double feature at Northwest Film Forum. It is the quintessential spy thriller and the double feature of Goldfinger illustrates most vividly how this film was an original of the genere. The film also illlustrates the love of a man and a woman beyond the immature flights of fancy which we all go through and I thought that, along with the superb cinematography, was the most inspirational portion of the film. All of the James Bond elements of coture are present without any unbelievable gadgetry or special effects to ruin the authenticity. The Beastlord Slavedragon