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North by Northwest (1959)

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Roger Thornhill is a New York advertising executive who is kidnapped by a gang of spies led by Philip Vandamm, who believes Thornhill is CIA agent George Kaplan. Thornhill escapes, but must find Kaplan in order to clear himself of a murder that Kaplan is accused of committing. Following Kaplan to Chicago as a fugitive from justice, Thornhill is helped by beautiful Eve Kendall. In Chicago, she delivers a message to Kaplan that almost costs Thornhill his life when he is chased across a cornfield by a crop-dusting plane.… (more)
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North by Northwest [1959 film] by Alfred Hitchcock (Director) (1959)

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Acting: 4.5; Theme: 4.5; Content: 4.5; Language: 4.5; Overall: 4.5; This was in the long line of solid Hitchcock thrillers. Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant), an advertising executive, becomes involved in a crazy game of espionage and intrigue. He must escape the clutches of a group of spies (James Mason and Eva Marie Saint) who are out to get him. He has taken on the character of a man who doesn't exist. Eve Kendall (Saint) is given the task of capturing him, but she falls in love in the process. There are many twists and turns in this classic Hitchcockian tale which keeps the audience on the edge of their seats. There is a few scenes of intimacy (nothing overtly troubling) and the characters used at lest two vulgarities. Highly recommend. ***July 12, 2020*** (Watched with Jonathan) ( )
  jntjesussaves | Jul 12, 2020 |
North by Northwest
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock


Roger Thornhill is in the advertising business -- not the type to generally get sucked into a high-stakes battle for life or death. But when he is mistaken for a CIA agent by a group of thieves, Thornhill is targeted by Phillip Vandamm and his cronies and pursued across America in a thrilling chase. Along the way, he meets Eve Kendall and the pair fall in love before numerous revelations cause things to turn on their heads, pushing Thornhill into quite the dilemma.

North by Northwest is by no means my first Hitchcock film -- but it is one I have heard good things about, so I was pretty excited for it. For the most part, it did not disappoint, despite not being quite the film I was expecting it to be. I was used to thrillers or the occasional horror story like Psycho, The Birds, or Strangers on a Train, not what came off as a James Bond-inspired story. But as I said, that's not bad. The film has a star-studded cast, with almost every scene featuring an actor you know from either film or television of the '50s or '60s. The film has a fun and energetic story and the usual twists and turns of a Hitchcockian thriller. It did tend to get bogged down by the romance at times, and the ending is real off-the-cuff and feels like another ten or fifteen minutes had been cut off.

Acting: 4.5 | Solid acting from a star-studded cast.
Theme: 4.5 | An advertising agent, Roger Thornhill, is mistaken for a CIA agent and is pursued by a gang of thieves and killers across the country, in hopes to keeping him from revealing their secrets. Through a series of twists and turns, Thornhill finds himself on the end of a thrilling mystery -- one where his life hangs in the balance.
Content: 4.0 | A couple of scenes of violence, featuring an airplane crash (with a fiery aftermath), a stabbing, and a couple of people falling to their doom. There are also a few intimate scenes and some similar talk. Two vulgar uses of "d-mn."

Overall: 4.5 | North by Northwest is yet another classic film from the wonderful mind of the master of suspense himself, Alfred Hitchcock. Albeit of a different style than most of Hitchcock's other films, this one has a spy thriller theme that follows a man mistaken as a CIA agent being pursued by a group of killers and thieves. While there a few faults in the film -- the romantic subplot feels like a bit of a drag, and the ending feels very rushed -- it is, for the most part, a solid spy adventure. Highly recommended for fans of the genre and the man behind the film.

***Watched July 11, 2020*** ( )
  DarthTindalus | Jul 12, 2020 |
North by Northwest (1959)

Cary Grant – Roger Thornhill
Eva Marie Saint – Eve Kendall

James Mason – Phillip Vandamm
Jessie Royce Landis – Clara Thornhill
Leo G. Carroll – The Professor
Josephine Hutchinson – Mrs. Townsend
Martin Landau – Leonard

Screenplay by Ernest Lehman
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Colour. 136 min.

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This is unquestionably one of Hitchcock’s greatest triumphs. An indifferent script, a silly and faintly amusing farce with romantic overtones (very far from Ernest Lehman’s best work), is made into a feast for the eyes by Hitchcock alone. He is helped by sets and colours that look gorgeous even by the spectacular standards of the 1950s, but the visual flair is Hitchcock’s own. The scene with the plane in the middle of nowhere and the grand finale at the Mount Rushmore are justly iconic. Both can make you gasp. Literally jaw-dropping stuff, yet without any drops of pace or tension. Visual highlights are legion. My personal favourite is the vertiginous shot from the top of the UN headquarters as a tiny dot is seen running to a taxi. It makes me gasp every time I revisit this intellectually idiotic but visually magnificent movie. The cast helps, of course. Cary Grant is at his best, playing his single character (himself?) to perfection as he did for some 30 years. Even I, one of his non-fans, am impressed. Even Eva Marie Saint, another non-favourite of mine, manages to look alluring. I wouldn’t mind sharing her drawing room in carriage 3901. James Mason is smooth, soft-spoken and sinister. Jessie Royce Landis is hilarious, as was she even in that snoozefest To Catch a Thief (1955). While North by Northwest is greatly superior, it is by no means a great movie. And the reason is simple. A great movie begins with a great script, continues with a great cast, and ends with a great director. We have only the last two here. Nevertheless, as every reviewer will tell you, this is a mightily entertaining way to spend two hours. Hitchcock surpassed the Bond franchise before it was even born. ( )
  Waldstein | Mar 1, 2020 |
An ad agent is mistaken for a secret agent.

I was entertained. But if it weren't for Hitchcock's visuals, Herrmann's not-John-Adams score, and the general absence of cars flipping end-over-end through the air, it would be indistinguishable from every mediocre action movie from the 80's and 90's.

Concept: C
Story: C
Characters: C
Dialog: B
Pacing: B
Cinematography: A
Special effects/design: C
Acting: C
Music: A

Enjoyment: B

GPA: 2.7/4 ( )
  comfypants | Jan 28, 2016 |
50th Anniv. Collect.
  saintmarylibrary | Oct 9, 2013 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Hitchcock, AlfredDirectorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hitchcock, AlfredProducermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Lehman, ErnestScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Burks, RobertCinematographersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Carroll, Leo G.Actorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Grant, CaryActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Herrmann, BernardComposersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Landau, MartinActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Landis, Jessie RoyceActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mason, JamesActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Saint, Eva MarieActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tomasini, GeorgeFilm editorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Roger Thornhill is a New York advertising executive who is kidnapped by a gang of spies led by Philip Vandamm, who believes Thornhill is CIA agent George Kaplan. Thornhill escapes, but must find Kaplan in order to clear himself of a murder that Kaplan is accused of committing. Following Kaplan to Chicago as a fugitive from justice, Thornhill is helped by beautiful Eve Kendall. In Chicago, she delivers a message to Kaplan that almost costs Thornhill his life when he is chased across a cornfield by a crop-dusting plane.

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