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North by Northwest (1959)

aka North by Northwest

"It's a deadly game of 'tag' and Cary Grant is 'it'..."

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Details: 136 mins · English

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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.

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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.

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Cast:

Small Roger O. Thornhill
Small Eve Kendall
Small Phillip Vandamm
Small Clara Thornhill
No_movie_poster Dr. Cross
No_movie_poster Maggie - Thornhill's Secretary
Small Vandamm's Sister aka Mrs. Townsend
Small The Professor
No_movie_poster Lester Townsend
No_movie_poster Valerian
Small Victor Larrabee
No_movie_poster Licht
Small Leonard
Small Auctioneer
No_movie_poster Sergeant Flamm
Small Captain Junket
No_movie_poster Charley - Chicago Policeman
Small Man Who Misses Bus

Crew:

No_movie_poster Bernard Herrmann Original Music Composer
Small Alfred Hitchcock Director
No_movie_poster Ernest Lehman Author
No_movie_poster Herbert Coleman Producer
No_movie_poster Robert Burks Director of Photography
No_movie_poster George Tomasini Editor
No_movie_poster Leonard Murphy Casting
No_movie_poster Robert F. Boyle Production Design
No_movie_poster Van Allen James Sound Designer
No_movie_poster Sol Gorss Stunt Double
No_movie_poster Bud McNeil Best Boy Electric
No_movie_poster Bill Shaw Gaffer
Small Alfred Hitchcock Production

Taglines:

"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!"

Plot:

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.

Release Dates:

DVD : 2000-08-29

DVD : 2009-11-03