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North by Northwest

(DVD - 2009)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
North by Northwest
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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.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, [2009]
Edition: 50th anniversary ed. Widescreen version
ISBN: 1419878018
9781419878015
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama NORTH
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (136 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
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)

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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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Sep 23, 2014
  • garycornell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Alfred Hitchcock will be known as the master film maker of suspense movies. One of his secrets was a great screenwriter by the name of Ernest Lehman. He is the screenwriter of such movies as the "Sound of Music", "West Side Story" and "From the Terrace". North by Northwest may be one of his best pieces of writing. If you saw his list of writing accomplishments, you would understand my predicament. Cary Grant plays a New York advertising executive that is thought to be an American Spy. Eva Marie Saint and Leo G. Carroll complete the major cast members. Alfred Hitchcock created a masterpiece here with the help of a great script. "North by Northwest" is thrilling and incredibly exciting. It should have an intermission for you to catch your breath.

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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