North by Northwest

North by Northwest

DVD - 2009
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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: 9781419878015
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama NORTH
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (136 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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An advertising agent gets mistaken for a spy. It'll take more than a clever slogan to get out of this one...

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 04, 2017

I’ve been watching Alfred Hitchcock films this month (SPL has quite a few). I thought I had seen most of them, but did not remember North By Northwest (1959). Starring Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint. Grant made four films with Hitchcock (this was his last). He plays a NYC ad-man who somehow gets involved with an international spy ring. He gets “abducted, framed for murder, chased and crop-dusted” (DVD container.) The final scene has a chase down the face of Mount Rushmore (think I would have remembered that if I had previously seen this film!) Surprisingly, sexy and suggestive for 1959, but of course the woman character is also a spy! Classic Hitchcock worth another viewing if you haven’t seen it in awhile or better yet if you have never seen it.

Jul 01, 2017

An old classic and still well worth watching.

Jun 11, 2017

This is absolutely a classic! One of my favorite lines in the movie: "How does a girl like you get to be a girl like you". One of the best movies, ever!

May 18, 2017

A great film, and certainly one of the most entertaining movies ever made, directed by Alfred Hitchcock at his peak.

May 18, 2017

This is a 1959 American thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
With a memorable opening title sequence by graphic designer Saul Bass, this gripping, suspenseful and visually iconic film seems like Hitchcock's most stylish thriller and one of his best, if not one of the greatest films of all time.

May 17, 2017

Like it or not, it's the proto-James Bond movie.

Apr 05, 2017

One of Alfred Hitchcock's best movies. A must see!!!

Dec 14, 2016

One of my favorite movies. In classic Hitchcock form it contains action, suspense, mistaken identity, humor, exquisite photography, great acting (+ just a beautiful Eva Marie Saint), and did I mention, suspense? Also gives you a tour of American landmarks, including a fantastic Frank Lloyd Wright designed Vandamm house where the final denouement takes place.

Jul 01, 2016

I can't believe I never saw this movie until now. It was beautifully filmed and an interesting story. It's amazing how well everyone articulated in old movies: no mumbling, no not being able to hear the dialogue. The plot twists were interesting and challenging. Movies from before the 1970s were made for a totally different audience than today.

Jun 10, 2016

Another great Cary Grant movie directed by Hitchcock!

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Mar 18, 2012

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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Feb 27, 2012

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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