Topaz (1969 | Frederick Stafford, Dany Robin)

Even more disappointing than his previous film, Torn Curtain (1966), Hitchcock, again came a cropper trying to move with the times and make a cold war thriller. Aside from a few of the master’s touches, this is a conventional espionage drama, the only one of his later films based on a best-seller (by Leon Uris). It concerned the investigations of a French agent into a Soviet spy ring, codenamed ‘Topaz’, hence the title, and Soviet involvement in Cuba. Heading the uninteresting international cast is a very wooden Stafford, who is no Cary Grant. The director shot three different endings, the two junked ones being available on DVD releases.

Frederick Stafford as André Devereaux
Dany Robin as Nicole Devereaux
Claude Jade as Michèle Picard
Michel Subor as François Picard
Karin Dor as Juanita de Cordoba
John Vernon as Rico Parra
Michel Piccoli as Jacques Granville
Philippe Noiret as Henri Jarre
John Forsythe as Michael Nordstrom
Roscoe Lee Browne as Philippe Dubois
Edmon Ryan as McKittreck
Donald Randolph as Luis Uribe
John van Dreelen as Claude Martin
Per-Axel Arosenius as Boris Kuzenov
Sonja Kolthoff as Mrs. Kusenov
Tina Hedström as Tamara Kusenov
Roger Til as Jean Chabrier
Roberto Contreras as Muñoz
Carlos Rivas
Lewis Charles
Sándor Szabó
Anna Navarro
Lew Brown
John Roper
George Skaff
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Producer: Alfred Hitchcock
Writer: Samuel A Taylor
Photographer: Jack Hildyard
US | 143 minutes | 1969