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#355. North by Northwest

  • Year: 1959
  • Country: USA
  • Production: MGM, 136m
  • Director: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Producer: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Screenplay: Ernest Lehman
  • Photography: Robert Burks
  • Music: Bernard Herrmann
  • Cast: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Jessie Royce Landis
  • Oscar Noms: Best Screenplay, Best Art Direction, Best Editing

Abridged Book Description

North by Northwest sometimes seems like one big extraneous detail in its entirety, which oddly accounts for much of the movie's considerable appeal. The film is pure funhouse... Featuring several of cinema's greatest action sequences - the crop duster attack, the chase across the face(s) of Mount Rushmore - Hitchcock ended his golden period on the highest of notes with North by Northwest... Grant is made to surmount various threats not just for his life but implicitly for his and Saint's future life together, and Hitchcock - ever the romantic sadist - has a hoot putting up the roadblocks.