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NORTH BY NORTHWEST | 1959    

Edited by Kassandra Kael | Updated April 6, 2021

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NORTH BY NORTHWEST
A New York City advertising executive with a settled urban and pleasant lifestyle has to go on the run across the US when he becomes mistaken for a secret agent by foreign spies. Trains, murderous crop dusters and a suspiciously helpful attractive blonde complicate his escape.

  • Director: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Cast: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Martin Landau

Dueling Critics

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“Little jokes abound about art and artifice, role play and reality, duty and duplicity and each viewing reveals something new to enhance the pleasure of watching the Master of Suspense at his most mischievous and assured.”
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“Hitchcock’s love of planting the grotesque in a commonplace setting, as if he were dropping water bombs out of a hotel window on a crowded sidewalk, is relied upon with such frequency … that by the time the climax of the film is reached, atop Mount Rushmore, one is actually gratified when someone hurtles off George Washington’s nose to his death.”

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NORTH BY NORTHWEST | 1959

    

Edited by Kassandra Kael | Updated 4.6.21
NORTH BY NORTHWEST

Critical Consensus

Dueling Critics

thumbs-up

“Little jokes abound about art and artifice, role play and reality, duty and duplicity and each viewing reveals something new to enhance the pleasure of watching the Master of Suspense at his most mischievous and assured.”
thumbs-up

“Hitchcock’s love of planting the grotesque in a commonplace setting, as if he were dropping water bombs out of a hotel window on a crowded sidewalk, is relied upon with such frequency … that by the time the climax of the film is reached, atop Mount Rushmore, one is actually gratified when someone hurtles off George Washington’s nose to his death.”

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A New York City advertising executive with a settled urban and pleasant lifestyle has to go on the run across the US when he becomes mistaken for a secret agent by foreign spies. Trains, murderous crop dusters and a suspiciously helpful attractive blonde complicate his escape.

  • Director: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Stars: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Martin Landau

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