North by Northwest

Experience Hitchcock’s thrilling masterpiece, ‘North by Northwest,’ as an innocent man, played by Cary Grant, is drawn into a world of espionage and suspense. With iconic scenes like the crop-dusting chase and Mount Rushmore climax, this classic suspense thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

Shown: 3 April 2024

2019 BBFC Ratings Badge PG

North by Northwest Plot Synopsis

The 1959 classic suspense thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, and James Mason. The film tells the story of Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant), a suave and successful advertising executive in New York. His life takes a sudden, bewildering turn when he is mistaken for a government agent by a group of spies led by Phillip Vandamm (James Mason). Vandamm’s henchmen kidnap Thornhill and attempt to kill him, believing he possesses information they seek.

Thornhill manages to escape but finds himself on the run, framed for a murder he didn’t commit. In his quest to clear his name and elude both the spies and law enforcement, he meets the mysterious Eve Kendall (Eva Marie Saint), who may hold the key to his salvation.

Thornhill’s pursuit of the truth and his evolving relationship with Eve Kendall form the core of the story. “North by Northwest” is a masterclass in suspense and intrigue, with Hitchcock’s signature style of tension-building and Grant’s charismatic performance making it a classic in the thriller genre.

Film Reviews

There’s a superabundance of sparkling, often marvellously terse one-liners (when asked what the “O” stands for, Thornhill’s resigned and emotionally relevant answer is, “Nothing”) – and, my, how wittily Grant delivers them.

Mark Monahan, The Telegraph

Hitchcock breezes through a tongue-in-cheek, nightmarish plot with a lightness of touch that’s equalled by a charming performance from Grant (below), who copes effortlessly with the script’s dash between claustrophobia and intrigue on one hand and romance and comedy on the other.

Dave Calhoun, Timeout

Official Film Trailer for North by Northwest



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