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North by Northwest

(DVD - 2009 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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.
Title: North by Northwest
[videorecording]
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, [2009]
Edition: 50th anniversary ed. Widescreen version
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (136 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: [presented by] M-G-M ; written by Ernest Lehman ; directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Notes: Title from container
Originally released as a motion picture in 1959
Special features: Disc 1: Feature; commentary by screenwriter Ernest Lehman; music-only audio track. Disc 2: New 2009 documentary reveals "The master's touch: Hitchcock's signature style;" acclaimed feature-length career; profile Cary Grant: a class apart; explore in depth the movie's innovations and influences in the new North by Northwest: one for the ages; vintage 2000 documentary "Destination Hitchcock: the making of North by Northwest;" stills gallery; theatrical trailers & TV spots
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Summary: 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.
Terms Of Use: These DVD discs are copy protected
Additional Contributors: Lehman, Ernest - 1915-2005
Hitchcock, Alfred - 1899-1980
Grant, Cary - 1904-1986
Saint, Eva Marie - 1924-
Mason, James - 1909-1984
Landis, Jessie Royce - 1904-1972
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Warner Home Video (Firm)
ISBN: 1419878018
9781419878015
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama NORTH
Performers: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Jessie Royce Landis.
System Details: DVD, widescreen (matted, enhanced); Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, Dolby Digital mono., dual-layer
Other Language: English or dubbed French dialogue, English or French subtitles; English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Subject Headings: Advertising executives New York (State) New York Drama Kidnapping victims New York (State) New York Drama Mistaken identity Illinois Chicago Drama Malicious accusation Illinois Chicago Drama Fugitives from justice Drama Man-woman relationships Illinois Chicago Drama
Genre/Form: Feature films
Thrillers (Motion pictures)
Action and adventure films
Romance films
Detective and mystery films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Topical Term: Advertising executives
Kidnapping victims
Mistaken identity
Malicious accusation
Fugitives from justice
Man-woman relationships
Publisher No: 1000087934 Warner Home Video
3000023637 Warner Home Video
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Roger Thornhill is a New York advertising executive who is kidnapped by a gang of spies who believe Thornhill is a CIA agent. Thornhill escapes, but must clear himself of a murder.


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Jul 08, 2014
  • garycornell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Alfred Hitchcock will have you in suspense in no time. The scene on the cover with Cary Grant alone in a corn field with a plane and a gunner attacking him gives you a hint of the action in the film. "North by Northwest" has one of the better soundtracks and it is available in the KCLS. I have watched "North by Northwest" many times and always come away impressed.

Apr 13, 2013
  • anthonybencivengo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A near-perfect action-adventure. This is Hitchcock at his finest.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Alfred Hitchcock was amazingly masterful at building suspense... intuitive at anticipating the reactions of his audiences. He's the 'go to' director those who've followed him have learned from. Add Ernest Lehman's terrific script, a thunderous and piercing musical score, and a great cast... James Mason, Eva Marie Saint, Martin Landau, Cary Grant (a remarkable actor), and you've got this gem. Magnificent. FIVE STARS. (Oh yeah. The train and the tunnel final scene... real subtle Alfred you sly dog...)

Dec 06, 2012
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Many memorable scenes and none more than the fictional house that hung over Mount Rushmore. Here is an excellent pictorial on this classic:
http://hookedonhouses.net/2010/03/15/north-by-northwest-hitchcocks-house-on-mt-rushmore/

Nov 21, 2012
  • CorvusCadaverosus rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Was too similar to the 39 steps. Overrated.

Aug 25, 2012
  • milathemain rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My favourite movie and the best of Hitchcock. This is the most great, intense, spectacular, gripping movie. I have no words except WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Aug 16, 2012
  • Keogh rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My personal favourite from Hitchcock. Mistaken identity, man on the run, femme fatale, deviously charming villain, Cold War scheming.... and a great sense of humor about it all. Incidentally, James Mason's last line still stands as one of the best film quotes ever.

Jul 10, 2012
  • btmslt rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Another good Hitchcock. This one includes a novice becoming a spy.

Aug 08, 2011
  • AtomicFez rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

For some reason the lasting images of the film always seem to be the crop-dusting airplane, the Frank Lloyd Wright house, and the final fight. The way it gets started in the first place always seem to slip my mind.

A wonderfully crafted thriller, both in its plot and visuals. Solid acting from just about everybody, and excellent editing. The pace is slower than would be expected now, but it's in no way wrong for that being the case, it's just slower.

Brilliant. Simply brilliant. See it if you haven't, or have only seen it on television with those nasty commercials interrupting it. Ew.

Apr 14, 2011
  • madishoemake rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Very good watch-thrilling-suspenseful-spectacular! I wholly recommend! :) (ps I love Cary Grant)

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A chase thriller in which a businessman is mistaken for a spy. Includes the original theatrical trailer.
Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason.
Alfred Hitchcock

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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Cop: "Sit down." Thornhill: "I don't wanna sit down. (sits) Perfectly alright, see? We'll get 'em. We'll throw the book at 'em. Assault & kidnaping. Assault with a gun and bourbon and a sports car. We'll get 'em." Cop: "You'll be alright after a good night's sleep. We got a nice cell all made up for ya." Thornhill: "I don't want a cell. I want a policeman."

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