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Year
1959
Runtime
136 min.
Director
Alfred Hitchcock
Genres
Action, Crime, Adventure, Thriller, Mystery
Rating *
8.4
Votes *
226,175
Checks
31,814
Favs
3,152
Dislikes
81
Favs/checks
9.9% (1:10)
Favs/dislikes
39:1
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  1. The Doctor's avatar

    The Doctor

    One of Hitchcock's most wildly frenetic films, with a pace that is that is matched and complimented by Bernard Herrmann's great score. North By Northwest was the first modern chase film of it time, with a superb screenplay by Ernest Lehman, and very witty performance by Cary Grant, and great performance all around, it's everyone's finest hour here. 5 years 11 months ago
  2. MarkE89's avatar

    MarkE89

    Exquisitely shot and awkwardly humorous, this remains one of HItchcock's finest comedies though repeatedly misread as a "classic thriller". Grant's performance takes a brilliant stab at his own slap-stick past, while portraying a cry-wolf character oozing of latent mysogony and alcoholism. He is your typical man-on-the-run for crimes he didn't commit and mistaken for someone who doesn't exist. To counter his charades while bumbling about, we find the slutty Eve and charismatic Mason, who are both just as wonderful. Mason, in particular, is a riveting force on the screen reminiscent of his role in the equally beautiful Bigger Than Life just a few years prior.

    Though the film's formula has since become emblematic of Hollywood-popcorn, most copies are complete trash void of Hitch's vulgar melodrama and finely tuned satire. North by Northwest is one of the most gorgeous films ever made, but much of its humor will probably only appeal to film geeks used to seeing past Hollywood's recycled trash.
    3 years 1 month ago
  3. orloffm's avatar

    orloffm

    The Blu-Ray version is gorgeous! Nice movie! 5 years 7 months ago
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