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(Review written in 2010)
Now, what the Hell am I supposed to say about North By Northwest? I've never been into Hitchcock, but I will admit to being half in love with Cary Grant. And after watching this movie, I may've been convinced the other half of the way. As far as plot goes, I really wasn't all that terribly intrigued, but I did enjoy the cinematography, and this movie's made to display Grant's acting. He's perfect in this role - cocky, caring, and generally, in those two words I'm sure I made it clear, everything a man should be.
what's the fuss about?
Meh. I wasn't thrilled with it. It had moments of humor, but just wasn't terribly interesting. I think what bothered me most was the score - as exciting or thrilling things were happening, they were accompanied by elevator music, rendering even the highlights of the movie rather dull.
|Cary Grant||Roger O. Thornhill|
|Eva Marie Saint||Eve Kendall|
|James Mason||Phillip Vandamm|
|Jessie Royce Landis||Clara Thornhill|
|Philip Coolidge||Dr. Cross|
|Doreen Lang||Maggie - Thornhill's Secretary|
|Josephine Hutchinson||Vandamm's Sister aka Mrs. Townsend|
|Leo G. Carroll||The Professor|
|Philip Ober||Lester Townsend|
|Edward Platt||Victor Larrabee|
|Patrick McVey||Sergeant Flamm|
|Edward Binns||Captain Junket|
|Ken Lynch||Charley - Chicago Policeman|
|Alfred Hitchcock||Man Who Misses Bus|
|Bernard Herrmann||Original Music Composer|
|Robert Burks||Director of Photography|
|Robert F. Boyle||Production Design|
|Van Allen James||Sound Designer|
|Sol Gorss||Stunt Double|
|Bud McNeil||Best Boy Electric|
"It's a deadly game of 'tag' and Cary Grant is 'it'..."
"It's love and murder at first sight!"
"The Master of Suspense presents a 3000-mile chase across America!"
"The Master of Suspense weaves his greatest tale!"
Advertising executive Roger O. Thornhill (Cary Grant) is mistaken for "George Kaplan" and kidnapped by Valerian (Adam Williams) and Licht (Robert Ellenstein). The two take him to the Long Island estate of Lester Townsend. There he is interrogated by a man he assumes to be Townsend, but who is actually spy Phillip Vandamm (James Mason). Vandamm orders his right-hand man Leonard (Martin Landau) to get rid of Thornhill.
Thornhill is forced to drink bourbon, but manages to escape a staged driving accident. He is unable to get the authorities or even his mother (Jessie Royce Landis) to believe what happened, especially when a woman at Townsend's residence says he got drunk at her dinner party; she also remarks that Townsend is a United Nations diplomat.
Thornhill and his mother go to Kaplan's hotel room. While there, Thornhill answers the phone; it is one of Vandamm's henchmen. Narrowly avoiding recapture, he goes to the U.N. General Assembly building to see Townsend, but finds that the diplomat is a stranger. Valerian throws a knife which hits Townsend in the back. He falls dead into Thornhill's arms. Without thinking, Thornhill removes the knife, making it appear that he is the killer. He is forced to flee.
DVD : 2000-08-29
DVD : 2009-11-03