North by Northwest
North by Northwest (1959)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 17, 1959
DVD Release Date: August 29, 2000
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Critic Score: 100% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Gripping, suspenseful, and visually iconic, this late-period Hitchcock classic laid the groundwork for countless action thrillers to follow.

Jack Moffitt
Hollywood Reporter

Hitchcock is such a master of suspense that not many frames have passed before the audience has achieved complete identification with the characters and is knowing the thrill of vicarious fear and the shared pleasures of love and passion.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

A great film, and certainly one of the most entertaining movies ever made, directed by Alfred Hitchcock at his peak.

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Penelope Houston
Sight and Sound

This is the purest piece of entertainment filmmaking we have had from him in some years; it is also, which does not inevitably follow, the most purely entertaining.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

Hitchcock breezes through a tongue-in-cheek, nightmarish plot with a lightness of touch that's equalled by a charming performance from Grant.

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Variety Staff

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.

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Matthew Anderson

Though North by Northwest boasts some of Hitchcock's most ambitious and memorable set pieces it is also one his most terrifically funny, playful moving pictures, cutting just the right line between suspense and belly laughs.

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TIME Magazine

Smoothly troweled and thoroughly entertaining.

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Time Out

All in all, an improbable classic.

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Danny Leigh
Financial Times

As the template for a certain kind of old-school confection - Cold War, Wrong Man - it's unbeatable.

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
A case of mistaken identity leads an ordinary businessman into a game of cat and mouse with some deadly international spy types. Simply a enjoyable ride from… More
Thomas Johnston
I can see how Hitchcock was such a famed director!
familiar stranger
Gave it a go because it's Hitchcock's, add to it the high IMDb rating. Turned out to be highly disappointing. It's poor in almost every… More
Alex roy
Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest is a well crafted suspense thriller that has an engaging plot, a great cast and immaculate directing from the master… More
Christian C
Awesome spy adventure flick.
Sophie Burgess
Certainly an intriguing and well made film that I'd recommend to anyone, despite not being as good as Hitchcock's other films and slightly too long.