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Actors: Frederick Stafford, Dany Robin, Karin Dor, John Vernon, John Forsythe, Michel Piccoli, Philippe Noiret, Claude Jade

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TOPAZ is a movie directed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1969. The screenplay, based on Leon Uris novel, was written by Samuel Taylor.
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1962. Just after the Bay of Pigs affair, an important member of the KGB defects to the United States. He reveals to John Forsythe, a US C.I.A. agent, how to obtain secret papers about the Cuba-USSR armed friendship. Forsythe asks his friend André Devereaux, a member of the french Secret Service, to help him get these informations. Devereaux flies to Cuba and, thanks to Karin Dor, the widow of a Hero of the Cuban Revolution and his lover, gets the proof that nuclear weapons are stocked in the cuban island. Boris Kusenov, the KGB defector, also reveals that important french officials are working for the U.S.S.R. and form an organization called TOPAZ. Devereaux returns to France in order to unmask it.

It's not a good movie but it contains some Hitchcock ingredients worthy to stay in the annals. For fans of the english master only.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler



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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40% Time/Era of Movie:    -   1960's-1970's Spying & Terrorists    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   finding a spy/saboteur Technology/treasure/info search    -   Yes involving:    -   nukes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   spy Age:    -   40's-50's Nudity    -   Chest Ethnicity/Nationality    -   French

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Scandinavia    -   France The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   The Caribbean City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York    -   Washington D.C. Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately messy visuals of dead Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   kissing Kind of violence:    -   guns Unusual forms of death    -   dropped from large heights    -   perforation--bullets Is this movie based on a    -   book

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