Alfred Hitchcock’s 51st film, Topaz, was proof that he remained the master of suspense decades after he began filmmaking.
The slow, creeping thriller centres around French Intelligence Agent Andre Devereaux (Frederick Stafford), who teams up with CIA agent Michael Nordstrom (John Forsythe) in 1962 to investigate a statement made by Russian informant Boris Kusenov (Per-Axel Arosenius) about Russian technicians and electronics experts being sent to Cuba.
Based on a best-selling novel by Leon Uris and featuring an all-star cast including Frederick Stafford, Michel Subor, Michel Piccoli, and Dany Robin, Topaz shows just how deep loyalties go. As secrets are whispered and deals are made over bourbon and cigars, you are left unsure of what is real and what isn’t.
The action (if you can call it that) begins in Russia, before moving to Denmark and on to America, Cuba and Paris. It’s an exceedingly intricate spy story with a very complicated plot, and the final hour of the film is marred by slow pacing.
Maurice Jarre composed the musical score for this film.
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