Topaz
Topaz (1969)

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,… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 19, 1969
DVD Release Date: March 6, 2001
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
TIME Magazine

At 70, Hitchcock seems suddenly to have forgotten his own recipe.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

[Topaz] might appeal to devotees of Le Carré et al, but it certainly doesn't make for dramatically exciting cinema, especially given Hitchcock's flat, seemingly uninterested direction. The bland performances don't help much, either.

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TV Guide

Tt is a technically accomplished film, and its narrative is robust and complex, even if its destination is ultimately of no great significance.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Few directors are capable of this kind of structural experimentation so late in their careers, and Hitchcock deserves much credit for his audacity.

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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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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

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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Variety Staff
Variety

Topaz tends to move more solidly and less infectiously than many of Alfred Hitchcock's best remembered pix. Yet Hitchcock brings in a full quota of twists and tingling moments.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

Prhaps the poorest film of [Hitchcock's] Hollywood career.

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Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

It is a technically accomplished film, and its narrative is robust and complex, even if its destination is ultimately of no great significance.

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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