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              North by Northwest (1959)

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              A New York City advertising executive goes on the run after being mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies.


              Alfred Hitchcock


              Ernest Lehman
              1,210 ( 1,165)
              Top Rated Movies #76 | Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »



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              Cast overview, first billed only:
              Cary Grant ... Roger Thornhill
              Eva Marie Saint ... Eve Kendall
              James Mason ... Phillip Vandamm
              Jessie Royce Landis ... Clara Thornhill
              Leo G. Carroll ... The Professor
              Josephine Hutchinson ... Mrs. Townsend
              Philip Ober ... Lester Townsend
              Martin Landau ... Leonard
              Adam Williams ... Valerian
              Edward Platt ... Victor Larrabee
              Robert Ellenstein ... Licht
              Les Tremayne ... Auctioneer
              Philip Coolidge ... Dr. Cross
              Patrick McVey Patrick McVey ... Sergeant Flamm
              Edward Binns ... Captain Junket


              Madison Avenue advertising man Roger Thornhill finds himself thrust into the world of spies when he is mistaken for a man by the name of George Kaplan. Foreign spy Philip Vandamm and his henchman Leonard try to eliminate him but when Thornhill tries to make sense of the case, he is framed for murder. Now on the run from the police, he manages to board the 20th Century Limited bound for Chicago where he meets a beautiful blond, Eve Kendall, who helps him to evade the authorities. His world is turned upside down yet again when he learns that Eve isn't the innocent bystander he thought she was. Not all is as it seems however, leading to a dramatic rescue and escape at the top of Mt. Rushmore. Written by garykmcd

              Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


              The Master of Suspense presents a 2000-mile chase across America! See more »


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              English | French

              Release Date:

              26 September 1959 (Japan) See more »

              Also Known As:

              Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest See more »


              Box Office


              $3,101,000 (estimated)

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              Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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              Sound Mix:

              Mono (Westrex Recording System)| Dolby SR | Dolby Digital


              Color (Technicolor)

              Aspect Ratio:

              1.85 : 1
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              Did You Know?


              In 2007, the American Film Institute ranked this as the #55 Greatest Movie of All Time. See more »


              Eve's famous over-dub of "I never discuss love" instead of "make love" is made only a few moments after Roger says "When I meet a beautiful woman, I want to make love to her." Apparently the censors had a double standard over who could say "make love." See more »


              Eve Kendall: I'm a big girl.
              Roger Thornhill: Yeah, and in all the right places, too.
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              Crazy Credits

              The Leo the Lion/MGM trademark preceding the credits is on a green field, to match the green field used in the credits proper. See more »

              Alternate Versions

              The print originally had an acknowledgement for the cooperation of the Department of the Interior and the National Park Service. But they requested it be removed after MGM violated the agreement that no violence would take place near the Mt. Rushmore monument. Some prints, however, were released with the acknowledgement still in. See more »


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              Singin' in the Rain
              Music by Nacio Herb Brown
              Lyrics Arthur Freed
              Whistled by Cary Grant in Eva's apartment
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              User Reviews

              North by Northwest and then some
              18 April 2018 | by artoffilmorgSee all my reviews

              Hitchcock at his sharpest. Art and commerce in a delicious salad with all the right ingredients. A brisk screenplay by Ernest Lehman a Cary Grant that is just pure delight, Eva Marie Saint fresh out of her Oscar from "On the Waterfront" is an icy blonde with a brain. James Mason, the ultimate foreign sinister not to mention Jessie Royce Landis and Hitchcock brings Bernard Herrmann to wrap it all up in one of the most infectious scores imaginable. A real treat.

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