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Topaz

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Topaz

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
performer:
Frederick Stafford, John Forsythe, Dany Robin
director:
Alfred Hitchcock
genre:
Mystery and Thriller, ActionAdventure

We gave it a C+

Approximately 17 minutes of footage trimmed from the initial theatrical release of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1969 espionage thriller have been restored in this version of Topaz, which only serves to make one of the master’s weakest efforts seem that much more interminable. (Hitchcock’s original ending is also restored.) Two genuinely suspenseful set pieces, shot at a distance without audible dialogue, demonstrate that Hitch hadn’t entirely lost his touch, but the majority of this Cold War potboiler (adapted from the book by Leon Uris) amounts to little more than banal French-, Russian-, and Cuban-accented yackety-yack. C+

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