North by Northwest

(DVD - 2011)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
North by Northwest
An ad executive is mistaken for a spy by foreign agents.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Studios, c2011
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE N
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (136 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Hitchcock, Alfred 1899-1980, Director
Grant, Cary 1904-1986, Actor
Saint, Eva Marie 1924-, Actor
Mason, James 1909-1984, Actor
Landau, Martin Actor
Landis, Jessie Royce 1904-1972, Actor
Lehman, Ernest 1915-2005, Author of screenplay
Herrmann, Bernard 1911-1975, Composer
Universal Pictures (Firm)
Warner Home Video (Firm)


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#7. Released in 1959. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

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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:

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)

Mar 14, 2011
  • dragonsnakes rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

One of the best Hitchcock's films starring Grant with great cinematography. The cornfield scene and Mount Rushmore scenes are truly spectular

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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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