• North by Northwest (1959)

North by Northwest

Release Date: July 17th, 1959

DVD Release Date: August 29th, 2000

Not Yet Rated |2 hr 16 min

Plot Summary

This classic suspense film finds New York City ad executive Roger O. Thornhill (Cary Grant) pursued by ruthless spy Phillip Vandamm (James Mason) after Thornhill is mistaken for a government agent. Hunted relentlessly by Vandamm's associates, the harried Thornhill ends up on a cross-country journey, meeting the beautiful and mysterious Eve Kendall (Eva Marie Saint) along the way. Soon Vandamm's henchmen close in on Thornhill, resulting in a number of iconic action sequences.

Cast: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Leo G. Carroll, Martin Landau, Jessie Royce Landis, Philip Ober, Adam Williams

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Genres: Thriller

Production Co: Metro Goldwyn Mayer

Distributors: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Keywords: 1950s, Amusing, Pursuit, Suspenseful, New York City, Engaging, Mother, Escape

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Bill WeberSlant Magazine

    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. show more

  • 100
    The Hollywood Reporter

    This film is pure entertainment. show more

  • 88
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    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. show more

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