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MPAA Rating - PG

Length:
    143 Minutes

Genre:
    Spy Film

Original Release Date:
    Jun 20, 2006

Director
    Alfred Hitchcock

Cast
    Frederick Stafford, Dany Robin, John Vernon, Karin Dor, Michel Piccoli

 
Movie Summary
Filmed on locations ranging from Denmark to the Universal backlot, Alfred Hitchcocks 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) (shades of Hitchs Notorious). 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. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide


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