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North By Northwest

  North By Northwest Review
Tookey's Rating
10 /10
Average Rating
9.61 /10
Cary Grant , Eva Marie Saint, James Mason
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Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Written by: Ernest Lehman

Released: 1959
Origin: US
Length: 136

A businessman (Cary Grant, pictured) mistaken for spy is understandably perturbed when people keep trying to kill him. Assault by crop-spraying plane a particular problem.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Hitchcock’s masterly action-adventure includes the famous scenes of Cary Grant being chased by the crop-spraying aircraft and hanging off Mount Rushmore. The whole film’s worth rewatching, if only to marvel at its wit, sophistication, and the wickedly ingenious ways Hitchcock gets us on the side of his complacent hero and then makes us suffer alongside him.

For its mixture of humour and thrills, it has rarely been matched. For those who like to spot homophobia in Hollywood films, try the relationship between the two villains, James Mason and Martin Landau; and for lovers of phallic symbolism, there's also the treat of the train carrying Cary Grant and Eve Marie Saint into a tunnel.

Screenplay, art direction and editing were all Oscar-nominated - but why not Hitchcock?

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