Rent North by Northwest (1959)

4.2 of 5 from 402 ratings
2h 11min
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Synopsis:
Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant) is not a spy. And he's certainly no murderer. Nevertheless, Thornhill's a wanted man: enemy agents want him dead, the police want him arrested, and a cool, mysterious blonde (Eva Marie Saint) just plain wants him. A victim of mistaken identity, Thornhill can't afford to make any mistakes of his own - so he embarks on a death-defying run for his life. Relentlessly pursued by plane, train and automobile, Thornhill's cross-country chase finally ends atop Mt. Rushmore where, if he doesn't watch his step, he could be in for a terrible fall.
Actors:
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Directors:
Writers:
Ernest Lehman
Others:
Robert Boyle, Henry Grace, Frank McKelvy, George Tomasini, William A. Horning, Merrill Pye
Studio:
Warner
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Classics, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
09/04/2001
Run Time:
131 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
Subtitles:
Arabic, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, French, German, Italian, Italian Hard of Hearing, Spanish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Feature length commentary by Screenwriter Ernest Lehman
  • Destination Hitchcock: The Making of North By Northwest, hosted by Eva Marie
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Stills Gallery
  • Music-Only Audio track
  • TV Spot
  • Interactive menus
  • Scene access
BBFC:
Release Date:
16/11/2009
Run Time:
136 minutes
Languages:
Brazilian Portuguese Dolby Digital 1.0, Castilian Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0, English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby TrueHD 5.1, French Dolby Digital 1.0, German Dolby Digital 1.0, Italian Dolby Digital 1.0
Subtitles:
Castillian, Danish, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Commentary by screenwriter Ernest Lehman
  • New 2009 documentary reveals The Master's touch: Hitchcock's signature style
  • Acclaimed feature-length career profile Cary Grant: A class apart
  • Explore in depth the movie's innovations and influences in the new North by Northwest: One for the ages
  • Vintage 2000 documentary Destination Hitchcock: The making of North by Northwest
  • Music-only audio track
  • Stills gallery
  • Theatrical trailers
  • TV spot

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Reviews (1) of North by Northwest

Quintessential Hitchcock. - North by Northwest review by Steve Mason

Spoiler Alert
19/02/2021

Unofficial remake of The 39 Steps, and being only a couple of films after the update of The Man Who Knew Too Much, maybe gives an impression that the Master of Suspense's signature style is leading him into repetition, a suspicion that would be confounded a year later with the release of Psycho.

That slight feeling of tiredness is amplified a little by Ernest Lehman's dialogue in North by Northwest being so poor. Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll were given infinitely better sexual wit to exchange than Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint here, who share zero chemistry. The two stars don't even share neighbouring generations. I love Cary Grant but he could have performed this in his sleep and at times appeared to be doing so.

And yet. North by Northwest is still an exciting, sophisticated thriller with some of Hitch's most brilliantly constructed scenes, particularly the crop dusting episode which grows out of nothing in a rural wilderness into a stunning crescendo of action. And the denouement on Mount Rushmore is justly cinema legend.

 James Mason and Martin Landau make for an all time great double act of villains. It was a huge hit for the Master. It is a summation of what a Hitchcock film meant in 1959, just as he was about to rip up the rulebook.

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