1959   USA North by Northwest
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Director:Alfred Hitchcock
Studio:Turner Home Ent
Writer:Ernest Lehman
IMDb Rating:8.6 (109,810 votes)
Awards:Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 3 nominations
Genre:Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Duration:136 min
Alfred Hitchcock  ...  (Director)
Ernest Lehman  ...  (Writer)
Ed Binns  ...  Captain Junket (as Edward Binns)
Leo G. Carroll  ...  The Professor
Bill Catching  ...  
Philip Coolidge  ...  Dr. Cross
Lawrence Dobkin  ...  
Cary Grant  ...  Roger O. Thornhill
Eva Marie Saint  ...  Eve Kendall
James Mason  ...  Phillip Vandamm
Jessie Royce Landis  ...  Clara Thornhill
Josephine Hutchinson  ...  Mrs. Townsend
Philip Ober  ...  Lester Townsend
Martin Landau  ...  Leonard
Adam Williams  ...  Valerian
Edward Platt  ...  Victor Larrabee
Robert Ellenstein  ...  Licht
Les Tremayne  ...  Auctioneer
Patrick McVey  ...  Sergeant Flamm - Chicago Policeman
Edward Binns  ...  Captain Junket
Robert Burks  ...  Cinematographer
Comments: A 3000 MILE CHASE . . . That blazes a trail of TERROR to a gripping, spine-chilling climax !

Summary: A strong candidate for the most sheerly entertaining and enjoyable movie ever made by a Hollywood studio (with Citizen Kane, Only Angels Have Wings and Trouble in Paradise running neck and neck). Positioned between the much heavier and more profoundly disturbing Vertigo (1958) and the stark horror of Psycho (1960), North by Northwest (1959) is Alfred Hitchcock at his most effervescent in a romantic comedy-thriller that also features one of the definitive Cary Grant performances. Which is not to say that this is just "Hitchcock Lite"; seminal Hitchcock critic Robin Wood (in his book Hitchcock's Films Revisited) makes an airtight case for this glossy MGM production as one of The Master's "unbroken series of masterpieces from Vertigo to Marnie." It's a classic Hitchcock Wrong Man scenario: Grant is Roger O. Thornhill (initials ROT), an advertising executive who is mistaken by enemy spies for a U.S. undercover agent named George Kaplan. Convinced these sinister fellows (James Mason as the boss, and Martin Landau as his henchman) are trying to kill him, Roger flees and meets a sexy Stranger on a Train (Eva Marie Saint), with whom he engages in one of the longest, most convolutedly choreographed kisses in screen history. And, of course, there are the famous set pieces: the stabbing at the United Nations, the crop-duster plane attack in the cornfield (where a pedestrian has no place to hide), and the cliffhanger finale atop the stone faces of Mount Rushmore. Plus a sparkling Ernest Lehman script and that pulse-quickening Bernard Herrmann score. What more could a moviegoer possibly desire? --Jim Emerson

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