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North by Northwest (1959)

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DVD Release Date
• R1: Aug 29, 2000
• R2: 9 Apr 2001

Budget $4,000,000

Running Time
2 hours, 16 minutes

Country USA

Production Companies
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Loew's Inc. (as Loew's Incorporated)

Studio MGM

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Other Titles
• North by Northwest (1959)
• Breathless
• In a Northwesterly Direction
• The Man in Lincoln's Nose
• Der Unsichtbare Dritte (1959)

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Genre: Adventure, Suspense, Spy, Mistaken Identity, Kidnapping, Courtroom, Murder, Police, Gay/Lesbian, On The Road

Tagline: A 3000 MILE CHASE . . . That blazes a trail of TERROR to a gripping, spine-chilling climax !

Plot: NORTH BY NORTHWEST is a suspense thriller that finds Cary Grant in the role of Roger Thornhill, a Manhattan advertising executive mistaken for a spy. Considered by many to be the prototypical pure action movie (creating the template for later James Bond and Indiana Jones films), the film is a cross-country roller-coaster ride with Alfred Hitchcock at the helm. The film is duly famous for several classic and indelible scenes, including the desert biplane encounter and the Mt. Rushmore climax. The original title was THE MAN IN LINCOLN'S NOSE, which was replaced by a reference to a line from William Shakespeare’s HAMLET (in which Hamlet says, "I am but mad north-north-west."). The magical combination of Hitchcock and the debonair Grant--who made four wonderful films together--makes NORTH BY NORTHWEST a suspense-filled standout.

When Thornhill finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, the world as he knows it comes to an end. Suddenly danger threatens as the hapless businessman is targeted as an American intelligence agent and set up as a killer. All of Thornhill's attempts to straighten things out only make matters worse--and soon the desperate man is on the run from murderous foreign operatives, the CIA, and the police. The supporting cast, including Eva Marie Saint,

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 Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock
Psycho, Rear Window, Vertigo
 Written by
Ernest Lehman
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Family Plot, Sweet Smell of Success
Cary Grant
Notorious, Arsenic and Old Lace, The Philadelphia Story
Eva Marie Saint
Superman Returns, On the Waterfront, Because of Winn-Dixie
Martin Landau
Ed Wood, The X Files, Rounders
James Mason
Lolita, The Verdict, Heaven Can Wait
Jessie Royce Landis
To Catch a Thief, Airport, The Swan
Leo G. Carroll
Rebecca, Strangers on a Train, Spellbound
Josephine Hutchinson
Son of Frankenstein, Nevada Smith, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
 Music By
Bernard Herrmann
Psycho, Citizen Kane, Vertigo

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