YMMV / Topaz

  • Designated Hero: Mostly because he's played by a weak actor (Frederick Stafford who appeared in many European B-Films) but even otherwise, the film's "hero" is an adulterous and duplicitious Manipulative Bastard who is so incompetent that he endangers his allies and his family.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Roscoe Lee Browne's character and the entire Harlem segment is highly regarded, for its suspense and the set design. Especially interesting in that Browne is the only prominent African-American character in Hitchcock's films.
    • John Vernon's Cuban officer is considered a sympathetic Tragic Villain in the vein of Claude Rains in Notorious.
  • Evil Is Cool: As usual in Hitchcock, the villains are pretty cool especially when played by the likes of Michel Piccoli, Philippe Noiret and John Vernon.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Roscoe Lee Browne as Andre's New York contact who steals the missile plans.
  • So Okay, It's Average: Despite its reputation as arguably Alfred Hitchcock's worst film, it's not actually particularly bad in and of itself, it just doesn't live up to the rest of Hitchcock's impressive filmography.


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