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North by Northwest (1959)

North by Northwest (1959)

North by Northwest


Genre: Crime/Drama/Action/Mystery


Starring: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Jessie Royce Landis, Le G. Carroll


Roger Thornhill (Grant) an advertising executive is suddenly kidnapped and taken to meet a certain ‘Mr. Townsend’ (Mason). Townsend keeps referring to Thornhill as Mr. Kaplan, in spite of him claiming a case of mistaken identity. When Thornhill does escape, the police refuse to acknowledge his story and claim him to be drunk and Thornhill soon goes on a wild goose chase to find out what is happening and why he is being chased. After being framed with charges of murder, Thornhill leaves the city and meets Eve Kendall (Saint) a lady who sympathises with him and decides to help him out. The movie has garnered a very strong fan following over the years and being an Alfred Hitchcock movie, one expects some thrills and excitement as a part of it. The movie story seems a bit head-scratching with a lot of loopholes, things that don’t make sense and a general confusion. The movie perhaps did appeal to audiences back then but seems a little irrelevant in todays day and age. There are some scenes that have gone down in history as being iconic because they were iconic then but not so innovative now. You might want to watch it simply because of the legacy it carries with it, otherwise it isn’t all that interesting.


Thumbs up: Some scenes that are iconic

Thumbs down: A story that seems very messy


Rating: 6.2/10

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