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North by Northwest (1959)

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  • Alfred Hitchcock gives a guided tour of this 1959 classic film.

Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive.

Cast

  • Cary Grant
  • Eva Marie Saint
  • James Mason
  • Jessie Royce Landis
  • Leo G. Carroll
  • Josephine Hutchinson
  • Philip Ober
  • Martin Landau
  • Adam Williams
  • Edward Platt

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Trivia

  • Rather than go to the expense of shooting in a South Dakota woodland, Sir Alfred Hitchcock planted one hundred ponderosa pines on an MGM soundstage.
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Goofs

  • Position of the wine glass during the dinner on the train.
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Quotes

    • [Hanging by their fingers from Mount Rushmore]
    • Eve Kendall: What happened with your first two marriages?
    • Roger Thornhill: My wives divorced me.
    • Eve Kendall: Why?
    • Roger Thornhill: They said I led too dull a life.
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Metacritic

100

The picture is hugely pleased with itself, but it’s too funny and expertly calibrated to mind in the least. Both Hitchcock and Grant raise relaxed confidence to masterpiece level here.

Metacritic review by Bill Weber
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
88

North by Northwest is also surprisingly forthright when it comes to sexual matters. There aren't many euphemisms or double entendres in the interaction between Thornhill and Eve.

Metacritic review by James Berardinelli
James Berardinelli
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