Synopsis: A high ranking Russian official defects to the United States, where he is interviewed by US agent Michael Nordstrom. The defector reveals that a French spy ring codenamed "Topaz" has been passing NATO secrets to the Russians. Michael calls in his French friend and counterpart Andre Devereaux to expose the spies.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Alfred Hitchcock
Production: Universal Pictures
  3 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
143 min

What shall we do now?

Well, ladies and gentlemen,

it's time that we start.

Will you be kind enough

to follow me?

What I'm going to show you will be

mainly the traditional things.

Up here, I can show you a detail

in the production

which we're rather proud of showing.

As you see,

flowers are modelled petal by petal,

and this is an art which has survived

at the factory for almost 200 years.

And you will see the garland there

takes two days to complete.

As you see, the flowers are modelled

petal by petal,

and stamen by stamen.

Even in very small flowers, you can

find as many as 10-15 stamens.

The figurine which you see being

ornated with flowers here

was first made as a gift from

Danish women to our late king.

Please follow me farther up here.

As we go on farther down here...

I can show you floral leaf painting.

If you can move around here, I think

that everybody will be able to see.

Perhaps you could come a bit closer

and have a look.

at how these are painted.

And now we can proceed

to the next department.

Please follow me here.

- You can dial the number yourself.

- Thank you.

Miss Kusenov. Where's your father?


Fine. Alright now, listen to this.

Do you know a department store

here called Den Permanente?

Den Permanente. That's right.

It closes at 5:
30. I want you and your

parents to be shopping there at 5:15.

Now, as soon as you arrive there,

be aware that we will be outside.

Please follow me farther.




Get your heads down, quick!

Alright, they've gone.

Go right on up.

Thank you.

- Are you alright now?

- It was very clumsy, this operation.

- What?

- In front of the store. Very clumsy.

- Well, you got away, didn't you?

- We wouldn't have done it like that.

- Over -

- Will you contact Wiesbaden?

Ask them how long a wait there'll be

on that C135 to Washington.

- Hello, Marsh.

- Hi.

This is Mr and Mrs Kusenov

and their daughter Tamara.

- Mr McKittreck and Mr Blake.

- Madame.

Would you come this way, please?

Well, what's he like?

He's a darling man. You'll see.

He's what you wanted.

He's really a big one.

They must be raising hell

in Moscow today.

Is that the White House?

No, that's the Capital Building.

The seat of the government.

I'll show you the Whitehouse

further along.

There it is.

It's nice.

- Morning, Howard.

- Good morning.

This is where you'll live, for a while.

Come along.

- Good morning.

- Good morning.

Where is this?

We'd like you to be comfortable

here and to feel at home.

If there's anything at all we can -

- Is it your house?

- No, but I'll be here quite often.

Mr Kusenov, we would like you

in here for a few minutes.

- Please, if you don't mind.

- Alright, yes.

All three of you.

- Why?

- I beg your pardon?

It isn't necessary for them.

We will want all three of you, please,

one at a time.

Mrs Kusenov, please.

- Now what's the matter, Mike?

- Couldn't that wait till tomorrow?


They've had a pretty rough 24 hours.

They need to relax.

Didn't they relax on the plane?

I always do.

Here he is.

- Hm?

- Devereaux.

- Good. I ask you not to be difficult.

- Then let him show some respect.

Respect? It's something he rarely

shows. As second-in-command -

I'm not such an imbecile that he has

to tell me what and what not to say.

- Oh, no.

- No, no!

I do not need him

at military meetings.

Yes, you do.

I'm sorry. You've been here

from Paris only a few months.

He has been here in Washington

several years.

Then he is too close

to the Americans.

I agree. But the closeness has value.

He's built up the best intelligence

network in the western hemisphere.

He's very expert,

and he's a dedicated man.

And... I too sometimes wish

that he would show some respect.

Mr Devereaux is here.

- Yes, let him come in.

- Yes, sir.

Good morning, d'Arcy.

Good morning, General.

We received a message from Paris.

A high Russian intelligence official

has defected to the Americans.

- How long ago?

- We don't know.

Why didn't you know about this, uh?

Because the Americans

didn't tell me.

How did Paris know about this?

Did the Russians tell them?

It's peculiar, don't you think?

A Russian intelligence officer


and someone in Moscow rushes over

to the phone and calls Paris.

Who? Why?

- What?

- No, Andr.

How Paris got its information

is not our concern.

We've been asked to find out

where the defector is being hidden.

- Why?

- Huh?

What will Paris do

once we have found out?

- Pass the information to Moscow?

- Andr!

And so two men will arrive

to liquidate him.

What are you trying to say?

Nothing, General.

I just wonder

how Paris got the information.

Yes, that's right.

He's here. I'll tell him.

These are six classified

top secret documents of NATO.

- I am an authority on NATO.

- That's what you keep telling us.

They're numbered and initialled,

and we want to know which of them

crossed your desk in Moscow.

This one.

This one.

They are fakes. Those two.

To see if I really know. To test me.

You are childish. These are fakes.

When did you become

a deputy chief of the KGB?

This is of no concern to you.

We'd like to be

the ones to decide that.

No, I will decide.

What the hell

do you think you're here for?

I asked for sanctuary and protection

for myself, my wife and my child.

- And you got it.

- But I gave you no understanding.

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Samuel A. Taylor

Samuel A. Taylor (June 13, 1912 – May 26, 2000) was an American playwright and screenwriter. more…

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