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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 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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Not Hitchcock's best work, but Hitchcock nevertheless."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Possibly Hitchcock's worst movie. A crashing bore."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"One of Hitchcock's weaker films, this Cold War espionage tale lacks tension and suspense but it bears some artistic merits, including color scheme."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Rather tedious Hitchcock, but still heads above most suspensers."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"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."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"The muddled Samuel Taylor screenplay smelled so bad I wouldn't wrap fish in it."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Not Alfred Hitchcock at his best."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
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