Topaz (1969)

This Alfred Hitchcock film is based on a novel by Leon Uris. Frederick Stafford plays Andre Devereaux, a French agent assigned to snoop around Cuba in the months prior to the 1962 missile crisis. Someone is supplying Castro with NATO… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: March 6, 2001
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Critic Score: 72% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Vincent Canby
New York Times

Topaz is not only most entertaining. It is, like so many Hitchcock films, a cautionary fable by one of the most moral cynics of our time.

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Cole Smithey

Not Hitchcock's best work, but Hitchcock nevertheless.

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Possibly Hitchcock's worst movie. A crashing bore.

Emanuel Levy

One of Hitchcock's weaker films, this Cold War espionage tale lacks tension and suspense but it bears some artistic merits, including color scheme.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Rather tedious Hitchcock, but still heads above most suspensers.

Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide

Hitchcock's notorious reliance on stock footage and his affection for blue screening rather than adding veracity or contributing to the artifice of the filmmaking process, make it seem like his heart isn't really in it.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The muddled Samuel Taylor screenplay smelled so bad I wouldn't wrap fish in it.

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Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Not Alfred Hitchcock at his best.

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Flixster Audience Score: 36% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
I had heard that, among the lesser films of Hitchcock's filmography, this was basically the bottom of the barrel, and you know what? That's not… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Even a Hitchcock misfire has more to offer than other director's best attempts. Yes, the plot may be dull, uneven, unexciting but it has some brilliant… More
Graham Jones
Hitchcock most European film is very interesting look at the Cold War.
Conner Rainwater
A half great film and a half mediocre film. The beginning of Topaz is brilliant, itâ??s Hitchcock at his finest. Some beautiful visuals, a perfect setup and… More
Aj V
For the most part this movie is incredibly dull, and deals with politics, war, and spies. Although Hitchcock has done spy movies before, none were ever as… More
Randy Tippy
Several factors come together here to adversely affect the appeal of <i>Topaz</i>. First, there is a noticeable absence of star power. Gone are… More