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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The Good Liar

Career con artist Roy can hardly believe his luck when he meets a well-to-do widow on-line. As Betty opens her home and life to him, Roy is surprised to find himself caring about her, turning what should be a cut-and-dry swindle into the most treacherous tightrope walk of his life.

Shown: 6 April 2022

Exminster Film Club Rating: 91%

BBFC Ratings Badge 15

The Good Liar Plot Synopsis

Consummate con man Roy Courtnay (Ian McKellen) has set his sights on his latest mark: the recently widowed Betty McLeish (Helen Mirren), worth millions. And Roy means to take it all.

From their very first meeting, Roy begins plying Betty with his tried and true manipulations, and Betty, who seems quite taken with him, is soon going along for the ride. But this time, what should have been a simple swindle escalates into a cat-and-mouse game with the ultimate stakes—revealing more insidious deceptions that will take them both through a minefield of danger, intrigue and betrayal.

Film Reviews

This movie rattles along with terrific energy and dash and the flashback sequences show that it’s actually far more daring and ambitious that you might expect. It’s a great duel between McKellen and Mirren.

Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

As a movie, The Good Liar is just so-so, but as a master class in performance and star quality, it’s a pleasure.

Moira MacDonald, The Seattle Times

Official Film Trailer for The Good Liar



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Rear Window

A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his Greenwich Village courtyard apartment window, and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder, despite the scepticism of his fashion-model girlfriend.

Shown: 2 March 2022

Exminster Film Club Rating: 92%

2019 BBFC Ratings Badge PG
  • Date of release: 1954
  • Running time: 1h 52m
  • Director: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Writer: John Michael Hayes and Cornell Woolrich
  • Country: USA
  • Language: English
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Rear Window Plot Synopsis

L.B. “Jeff” Jefferies is an immobilized photo-journalist who, after breaking his leg photographing a racetrack accident, finds himself wheelchair bound and confined to the walls of his apartment. His rear window looks out onto a courtyard and several other apartments, where the binocular-wielding Jefferies spends his days as a voyeur spying on his neighbours. Jefferies gradually becomes more and more engrossed with this activity of his, and soon brings his girlfriend, Lisa, in on the thrill of his voyeurism. It’s all fun and games for the two until they witness what they believe to be a murder in progress, becoming increasingly convinced as they continue to observe the apartment. [KP]

Film Reviews

The most densely allegorical of Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpieces, moving from psychology to morality to formal concerns and finally to the theological. It is also Hitchcock’s most innovative film in terms of narrative technique, discarding a linear story line in favour of thematically related incidents, linked only by the powerful sense of real time created by the lighting effects and the revolutionary ambient sound track.

Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

Hitchcock confines all of the action to this single setting and draws the nerves to the snapping point in developing the thriller phases of the plot. He is just as skilled in making use of lighter touches in either dialog or situation to relieve the tension when it nears the unbearable. Interest never wavers during the 112 minutes of footage.

William Brogdon, Variety

Official Film Trailer for Rear Window



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