Mike D'Angelo
August 06, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

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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