Topaz

Topaz

DVD - 2005
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The best-selling spy novel bursts onto the screen in this riveting story of adventure and international intrigue. An American CIA agent hires a French operative to travel to Cuba and intestigate rumors of Russian missiles and Topaz, a NATO spy. The inquiry soon spins into a life-threatening escapade of espionage, betrayal and murder.
Publisher: Universal City, Calif. : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, [2005]
Edition: DVD edition Widescreen.
ISBN: 9781417059164
1417059168
Branch Call Number: DRAMA 791.4365 TOPAZ
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (142 min.): sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Alfred Hitchcock's topaz

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dennismardi
Jan 26, 2017

Boring! We only lasted through the first 30 minutes and that was a waste of time.

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Loge99
Jan 19, 2017

In today's culture of spy thrillers, this one is very tame. Uris wrote a very unsophisticated tale of espionage that is not very believable today. Mediocre acting except for John Vernon, but then Stafford and Forsythe had a poorly written script.

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akirakato
Jul 12, 2016

This is a 1969 American spy thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock, based on the 1967 Cold War novel "Topaz" by Leon Uris.
It is about a French intelligence agent who becomes entangled in the Cold War politics of the events leading up to the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, and later the breakup of an international Russian spy ring in France.
The story is closely related to the actual 1962 "Sapphire Affair", which involved the head of French Intelligence SDECE, and a French spy named Philippe Thyraud de Vosjoli who happened to be a friend of Leon Uris.
This French man helped CIA discover the presence of Russian offensive missiles in Cuba.
It is a gripping spy thriller, but compared to the Cuban crisis itself, it appears somewhat lukewarm.

7duffy May 29, 2015

Good Cold War thriller. Even Hitchcock's lower end films are still good. The only thing missing is a top Hollywood star. I think Hitchcock is working against himself in movie comparisons and the movie is lacking a star, so there is no focal character. These factors make this well-made movie appear long & boring.

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frishta
Sep 26, 2014

Good but not great Hitchcock movie.

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bstudent
Mar 27, 2012

Drama, and for the time quite scary considering the implications. Interesting politics.

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nontechmom
Nov 29, 2011

Definately not one of Hitchcock's best. I think my favorite parts were the opening credits showing real footage of a cold war era Soviet military parade and the female actresses wearing Edith Head gowns.

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jean2000
Oct 03, 2011

Ce n'est surement pas un film qui vaut la peine, plutot pauvre. D├ęcepetion venant de Hitchcok

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missy2
Mar 30, 2010

Poor acting, poor casting, ridiculous plot. John Forsythe must have wondered why he had ever wanted to have been cast in a Hitchcock film. The 1960s produced the worst of Hitchcock's films, none of which could compare to his earlier efforts.

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