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Year
1959
Runtime
136 min.
Director
Alfred Hitchcock
Genres
Adventure, Thriller, Mystery
Rating *
8.3
Votes *
254,757
Checks
33,708
Favs
3,315
Dislikes
89
Favs/checks
9.8% (1:10)
Favs/dislikes
37:1
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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. 8 years 3 months ago
  2. DisneyStitch's avatar

    DisneyStitch

    I could be wrong but it strikes me that this is one of the original movies where everything wrong goes against the main character and then goes on the run. It's a movie formula that has been copied many times throughout the years but North by Northwest does it right. Cary Grant plays the role perfectly and Hitchcock wields his trademark suspense like a mighty sword which stabs repeatedly into the storyline. This might be Hitchcocks one and only "epic" film as he typically prefers to focus on individuals and the situations around them. 3 years 6 months ago
  3. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    Taking a lot of its cues from Hitch's much earlier Saboteur (from the mistaken identity to danging off an American tourist attraction), this is just about the biggest mainstream entertainment the famous director ever made. It's got lots of action, a crackingly witty script, and a hot and heavy romance (for 1959, it's positively scandalous). It's not quite as suspenseful as you'd expect from the Master of Suspense, however, and to me, Cary Grant is such an affected actor, that I can't quite say I loved it. Or perhaps I was distracted by Martin Landau who was obviously perpetrating a sting on the villain on behalf of the IMF ;-). Probably one I'd like more and more on each viewing, but the first run-through left me wanting just a touch more. 3 years 11 months ago
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