North By Northwest

North By Northwest

By Alfred Hitchcock

  • Genre: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Release Date: 1959-07-28
  • Advisory Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 2h 16min
  • Director: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
  • iTunes Price: USD 14.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 3.99
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Selected as one of the top 50 American films of all time by the prestigious American Film Institute, and considered by many critics to be Hitchcock's greatest film, this fast-paced thriller stars Oscar-winner Cary Grant ("Notorious," "The Philadelphia Story") as a Madison Avenue advertising exec who is mistaken for someone else and kidnapped by a group of international spies, headed by James Mason ("A Star Is Born," "Lolita"). After a hair-raising escape, he is framed for a murder he didn't commit and goes on the run with the lovely Eva Marie Saint ("Superman Returns," "On the Waterfront"). Famous for a wild plane attack and a harrowing chase across the faces of Mount Rushmore, this is quintessential Hitchcock ("Psycho," "The Birds"). With Academy Award-winner Martin Landau ("Ed Wood," "The Majestic") as Mason's evil henchman, this film is the rare combination of action, suspense and humor.

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  • Classically Hitchcock! by LJ95482

    5
    By LJ95482
    Perhaps one of the best movies ever made. I saw it when it was first released and knew that it would become a classic, and all the reviews seem to verify that conclusion.
  • Great

    4
    By Courtneyup
    I saw it on tv it didn't see it from beginning to end but the part I did see was great and I enjoyed it and I was engaged the whole time and I'm only fifteen
  • Just not that compelling anymore

    2
    By Nobueno_7294926
    I know this movie is a classic and that Hitchcock is well respected for his accomplishments in film. BUT, I just couldn’t get through this film. It’s nearly entirely dialogue based, to the point where you are essentially watching a play. That’s all well and good, but I look to films for entertainment and for new ideas, and this film doesn’t offer them. I know I know, it’s from the 50’s and film styles were different back then, as were the expectations. But, today, these expectations have shifted dramatically and in a way I’ve been spoiled by modern storytelling and all that it offers. This film is a classic in the way that The Odyssey or Crime & Punishment are classics. They’re well respected novels, and deservedly so, but they’ll also probably put you to sleep.
  • My Favorite Hitchcock Film

    5
    By An Anonymous Critic
    North by Northwest is one of those powerful caper/heist films of the '60s that you can't miss. Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint act beautifully together, and the suspenseful red herrings and mysterious twists and turns are enough to hook anyone in. Instead of using extreme violence or super- technology, North by Northwest employs snappy dialogue and a creative plot line to attain its status as one of Hitchcock's best romantic/comedic thrillers.
  • North by Northwest

    5
    By Timerity
    North by Northwest predated the James Bond franchise and that's significant because it was one of the first great non-stop thrillers — non nonstop in the James Bond action way, but non stop in the sense that it moved, from location to location, which is a great part of the Bond films. Also unlike James Bond, the star of the film, Cary Grant, does not play a spy, he's just misidentified as one. And that fact sends him on the run form New York, where he is an advertising executive to Chicago and ultimately to the thrilling climax at Mount Rushmore. The movie came out in 1959, culminating director Alfred Hitchcock's finest decade, a period of time in which he also released Rear Window, To Catch a Thief (also with Grant), Strangers on a Train, and Vertigo, among others. North by Northwest was the antithesis of Rear Window, a movie that took place within a single apartment complex and courtyard. Hitchcock films of the 1950s were not without their range. As Roger Thornhill, Grant, is in constant motion to clear his name and confirm his identity. Again, not Daniel Craig constant motion, but you understand. Hitchock often utilized everyman type of characters in extraordinary circumstances. It works here, especially in the iconic scene in which Thornhill is pursued by a crop-duster.
  • North by Northwest

    5
    By moviefan1947
    Thankyou Hitch...you have outdone yourself and given your fans hours of suspense and comedy that will never be duplicated... P.S. your cameo is Kramdenesque!!
  • North by Northwest

    5
    By ss65120
    Hitchcock did a great job on this film. This movie has everything, with a James Bond type vibe. The famous, Airplane scene by Hitchcock is included as well.
  • Overrated, but entertaining

    4
    By schnorrer
    A fanciful yarn that has some action, humor and adventure. I think the directing was heavy and overstated- loud minor chords played for the villains, rather predictable camera angles, etc. James Mason plays a wonderful villain. And Cary Grant looks great in that suit!
  • Perfect Movie

    5
    By CeeWu
    The best one by far.
  • Wow. Just...Wow

    5
    By SarahDrob
    This film has won the title of my favorite movie EVER! I loved every second of it! Alfred Hitchcock found an incredibly creative way to tell this storyline. Cary Grant was amazing (as always), along with every single one of the other actors. Each actor played their character so convincingly. Add that to fun twists and turns (I never thought the movie would end the way it did!), great settings, and exciting music, and you have one of the best films of all time. I just wish I could give this movie more than just five stars...

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