★★★☆☆ USA. 2h23m. Thriller / Drama. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Written by Samuel A. Taylor (screenplay) and Leon Uris (“Topaz”). Cinematography by Jack Hildyard. Edited by William H. Ziegler. Music by Maurice Jarre. Starring Frederick Stafford, Dany Robin, Karin Dor, John Vernon, Claude Jade, Michel Subor, Michel Piccoli, Philippe Noiret.
Based on the 1967 Cold War novel Topaz by Leon Uris, the film is about a French intelligence agent who becomes entangled in the Cold War politics of before the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis and then the breakup of an international Soviet spy ring in France. The story is loosely based on the 1962 Sapphire Affair, which involved the head of France’s SDECE in the United States, the spy Philippe Thyraud de Vosjoli, a friend of Uris, who played an important role in “helping the U.S. discover the presence of Russian offensive missiles in Cuba.”