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Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Written by: Ernest Lehman.
Budget: $3 million
Box Office: $13 million
Awards: Nominated for three Academy Awards including Best Film Editing, Best Production Design & Best Original Screenplay.
Voted in at number 98 on empires top 100 movies of all time, North By Northwest is next up on paulsmovieblog.com. The first of hopefully many Alfred Hitchcock movies that I will do over the course of this epic movie challenge. There are lots of interesting facts about Mr Hitchcock and the world of movie making during his time but that will come later… For now its all about the dashing Cary Grant and a major case of mistaken identity.
|Cary Grant stars as Roger Thornhill (the movies protagonist), an advertising executive who is forced to go on the run, all down to a serious case of mistaken identity. Desperate to clear his name, he tries to track down the man he was mistaken for.|
|Eva Marie Saint stars as Eve Kendall, a mysterious woman with ulterior motives whom Roger meets on a train.|
|James Mason stars as Philip Vandamm( the movies antagonist), a very shady character with a mysterious agenda. He is one of the groups trying to track down Thornhill.|
|Jessie Royce Landis stars as Clara Thornhill, Rogers mother.|
|Martin Landau stars as Leonard, Vandamm’s right hand man.|
The basic plot
Cary Grant plays Roger Thornhill, an advertising man who is mistaken for CIA spy George Kaplan by a group of shady guys working for the films villain Phillip Vandamm. Escaping his kidnappers and
as luck would have
it the police, Roger is determined to track down the only person who can clear his name and get his life back, George Kaplan. This journey takes him across the states and gets even more complicated when he meets Eve
Kendall played by Eva Marie Saint who was certainly easy on the eyes.
North by Northwest Movie Review
Possibly my first Cary Grant movie ever but I am sure it won’t be the last. North By Northwest was Grants 7th last movie before he retired after a very impressive résumé.
Twist and turns are abound in this movie which is one of the reasons that this movie is so good. One of the things I really liked about this one was all the plot twists and turns. One minute you think you have it all figured out and then Hitchcock throws you a curve ball that you weren’t expecting. Just when we think Rodger
is going to catch a break on his mission to track down Kaplin, involvement from the CIA, Eva, Townsend and a few others suddenly make it more complex, more dangerous and more risky than Grant would have thought possible.
Left high and dry by CIA.
Chemistry between Cary and Eva is evident from the first scene they are in on the train. There is an instant attraction between the characters. Eva helps Cary evade the police who are searching the train, at first her reasons seem innocent but has she another motive for keeping Grant out of the hands of the police.