North by Northwest
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While having lunch at the Plaza Hotel in New York, advertising executive Roger O. Thornhill (Cary Grant) has the bad luck to call for a messenger just as a page goes out for a "George Kaplan." From that moment, Thornhill finds that he has stepped into a nightmare -- he is quietly abducted by a pair of armed men out of the hotel's famous Oak Room and transported to a Long Island estate; there, he is interrogated by a mysterious man (James Mason) who, believing that Roger is George Kaplan, demands to know what he knows about his business and how he has come to acquire this… More

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Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Hitchcock breezes through a tongue-in-cheek, nightmarish plot with a lightness of touch that's equalled by a charming performance from Grant."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"At times it seems Hitchcock is kidding his own penchant for the bizarre, but this sardonic attitude is so deftly handled it only enhances the thrills."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"...a tenuously engaging thriller that could've used a few more passes through the editing bay..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Witty Hitchcock thriller. Not for little ones."
‑ David Gurney, Common Sense Media
"One of Hitchcock's most enjoyable and entertaining films is also one of his most quintessential works, dealing with thematic and visual ideas well ahead of their time, as for example the notion of fluid identity."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Smoothly troweled and thoroughly entertaining."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"All in all, an improbable classic."
‑ , Time Out
"The iconic actors give memorable performances, the story is perfectly pitched and fiercely clever and under the astounding directorial eye of Alfred Hitchcock - American Cinematic God - it's nearly flawless."
‑ Blake Howard, 2UE That Movie Show
"ideal introduction to the Master and all his basic fears and craftsmanship"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"North by Northwest, Alfred Hitchcock's very own adrenalin-fuelled action blockbuster."
‑ Kevin Maher, Times [UK]
"A great film, and certainly one of the most entertaining movies ever made, directed by Alfred Hitchcock at his peak."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"... a colorful and exciting route for spies, counterspies and lovers."
‑ A.H. Weiler, New York Times
"It has all the classic elements of a Hitchcock film - well timed suspense, an overall mystery, a compelling cast and some brilliantly conceived scenes."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"The picture is hugely pleased with itself, but it's too funny and expertly calibrated to mind in the least."
‑ Bill Weber, Slant Magazine
"The romcom suspense caper is a cinematic recipe that Alfred Hitchcock took with him to his grave; certainly I can't imagine anyone now succeeding in blending thrills, spills, caresses and laughs the way he did in this sublime classic from 1959."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
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