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North by Northwest

  • Drama
  • 1959
  • Alfred Hitchcock
  • 130 mins
  • PG

Summary

A suave advertising executive is mistaken for an American intelligence agent by a foreign spy and finds himself drawn into a world of espionage and adventure, leading to a high-tension cross-country chase made more perilous when the FBI intervenes. Alfred Hitchcock's thriller, starring Cary Grant, James Mason, Eva Marie Saint, Leo G Carroll and Martin Landau.

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Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This Hitchcock classic contains extra-generous helpings of the ingredients that make his films so unmissable. Action, intrigue, romance and comedy are blended throughout with consummate skill; the attack by the crop-dusting plane and the finale on Mount Rushmore are simply the icing on the cake. Rarely did Hitchcock have as much fun with his favourite "innocent in peril" theme or make such inventive use of famous landmarks. In his fourth and final collaboration with the "Master of Suspense", Cary Grant is the personification of suaveness as a hapless advertising executive who is forced to take on a nest of enemy agents, led by a rather disengaged James Mason.

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Credits

Cast

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Roger ThornhillCary Grant
Eve KendallEva Marie Saint
Phillip VandammJames Mason
Clara ThornhillJessie Royce Landis
ProfessorLeo G Carroll
Lester TownsendPhilip Ober
LeonardMartin Landau
ValerianAdam Williams
Victor LarrabeeEdward Platt
"Mrs Townsend"Josephine Hutchinson
LichtRobert Ellenstein
AuctioneerLes Tremayne
Dr CrossPhilip Coolidge
Captain JunketEdward Binns
Sgt Emile KlingerJohn Beradino
AnnaNora Marlowe
MaggieDoreen Land
Judge FlynnAlexander Lockwood
Lt HardingStanley Adams
Man who misses busAlfred Hitchcock

Crew

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DirectorAlfred Hitchcock

Details

Theatrical distributor
bfi
Released on
2009-06-19
Language
English
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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