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North by Northwest -- Alfred Hitchcock gives a tour of the film in this trailer for the Special Edition DVD and Blu-Ray release.
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Director:
Writer:
Ernest Lehman (written by)
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Release Date:
26 September 1959 (Japan) See more »
Tagline:
Alfred Hitchcock takes you.... North by Northwest! See more »
Plot:
A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
I finally get how great it is: Hitch infuses his wrong-man caper with ironic movie language and reality-be-damned escapism and suspense. See more (466 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Cary Grant ... Roger O. Thornhill

Eva Marie Saint ... Eve Kendall

James Mason ... Phillip Vandamm

Jessie Royce Landis ... Clara Thornhill

Leo G. Carroll ... The Professor
Josephine Hutchinson ... Mrs. Townsend

Philip Ober ... Lester Townsend

Martin Landau ... Leonard

Adam Williams ... Valerian

Edward Platt ... Victor Larrabee

Robert Ellenstein ... Licht

Les Tremayne ... Auctioneer
Philip Coolidge ... Dr. Cross
Patrick McVey ... Sergeant Flamm - Chicago Policeman

Edward Binns ... Captain Junket

Ken Lynch ... Charley - Chicago Policeman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Stanley Adams ... Lieutenant Harding (uncredited)
Andy Albin ... Farmer (uncredited)
Anne Anderson ... Woman (uncredited)
Ernest Anderson ... Porter on Twentieth Century Ltd. (uncredited)

Malcolm Atterbury ... Man at Prairie Crossing (uncredited)
Tol Avery ... State Police Detective (uncredited)
Frank Baker ... Man at Auction (uncredited)
Baynes Barron ... Taxi Driver #2 (uncredited)
Brandon Beach ... Man at Auction (uncredited)
John Beradino ... Sergeant Emile Klinger (uncredited)
Stephen Bolster ... Man with Camera (uncredited)
Taggart Casey ... Shaving Man (uncredited)
Bill Catching ... Auction Attendant (uncredited)
Bob Coe ... Cropduster Pilot (uncredited)
Walter Coy ... U.S. Intelligence Agency Official (uncredited)
Jimmy Cross ... Taxi Driver #1 (uncredited)
Lucille Curtis ... Woman (uncredited)
Patricia Cutts ... Hospital Patient (uncredited)
Jack Daly ... Train Steward (uncredited)
John Damler ... Police Lieutenant (uncredited)
Lawrence Dobkin ... U.S. Intelligence Agency Official (uncredited)
Tommy Farrell ... Eddie - Elevator Starter (uncredited)
Jesslyn Fax ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Adolph Faylauer ... Bald Bidder (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Hotel Lounge Patron (uncredited)
Josephine Forsberg ... Friendly Passenger (uncredited)
Sally Fraser ... United Nations Receptionist (uncredited)
Paul Genge ... Lieutenant Hagerman (uncredited)

Ned Glass ... Ticket Seller (uncredited)
Tom Greenway ... Silent State Police Detective (uncredited)
Len Hendry ... Police Lieutenant (uncredited)

Alfred Hitchcock ... Man Who Misses Bus (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Hotel Lounge Patron (uncredited)
Eugene Jackson ... Security Guard at Auction (uncredited)
Bobby Johnson ... Waiter (uncredited)
Sid Kane ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Man Leaving Office Building (uncredited)
Madge Kennedy ... Mrs. Finlay (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... Man at Auction (uncredited)
Doreen Lang ... Maggie - Roger's Secretary (uncredited)
Larry Leverett ... Man in Phone Booth (uncredited)
Alexander Lockwood ... Judge Anson B. Flynn (uncredited)
Frank Marlowe ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Nora Marlowe ... Anna - Housekeeper (uncredited)
Tom Marshall ... Police Officer in Chicago (uncredited)
James McCallion ... Plaza Valet (uncredited)
Maura McGiveney ... Attendant (uncredited)
Carl Milletaire ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Hans Moebus ... Hotel Lounge Patron (uncredited)
Howard Negley ... Conductor on Twentieth Century, Ltd. (uncredited)
Charles Postal ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Maudie Prickett ... Elsie - Maid (uncredited)
Hugh Pryor ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Ralph Reed ... Bellhop (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Hotel Lounge Patron / Man at Mt. Rushmore Cafeteria (uncredited)
Scott Seaton ... Man at Auction (uncredited)
Harry Seymour ... Victor - Captain of Waiters (uncredited)
Robert Shayne ... Larry Wade (uncredited)
Doris Singh ... Indian Girl (uncredited)
Jeremy Slate ... Policeman at Grand Central Station (uncredited)
Olan Soule ... Assistant Auctioneer (uncredited)
Helen Spring ... Bidder (uncredited)
Harvey Stephens ... Stockbroker (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Man at United Nations Building (uncredited)
Harry Strang ... Assistant Conductor (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Man at Auction (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel ... Ranger (uncredited)
Ray Weaver ... Policeman at Grand Central Station (uncredited)
Susan Whitney ... Attendant (uncredited)

Frank Wilcox ... Herman Weitner (uncredited)
Lloyd Williams ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Robert Williams ... Patrolman Waggoner (uncredited)
Paula Winslowe ... Woman at Auction (uncredited)
Wilson Wood ... Photographer at United Nations (uncredited)
Carleton Young ... Fanning Nelson (uncredited)
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Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock 
 
Writing credits
Ernest Lehman (written by)

Produced by
Herbert Coleman .... associate producer
Alfred Hitchcock .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Bernard Herrmann 
 
Cinematography by
Robert Burks (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
George Tomasini 
 
Casting by
Leonard Murphy (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
Robert F. Boyle  (as Robert Boyle)
 
Art Direction by
William A. Horning 
Merrill Pye 
 
Set Decoration by
Henry Grace (set decorations)
Frank R. McKelvy (set decorations) (as Frank McKelvey)
 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair styles
William Tuttle .... makeup
Peggy Shannon .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Stanley Smith .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Ruby Rosenberg .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Saunders .... assistant director
Mickey McCardle .... assistant director (uncredited)
Tim Whelan Jr. .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Matty Azzarone .... leadman (uncredited)
Harry Edwards .... props (uncredited)
Henry Greutert .... sculptor (uncredited)
Mentor Huebner .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
John Ricardo .... second props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Franklin Milton .... recording supervisor
Tom Hadley .... boom operator (uncredited)
Van Allen James .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
Bert Mott .... boom operator (uncredited)
Tom Overton .... boom operator (uncredited)
Howard Voss .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Charles Wallace .... sound mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special effects
Lee LeBlanc .... special effects
Doug Hubbard .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Cliff Shirpser .... optical matte camera operator (uncredited)
Matthew Yuricich .... matte artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Ray Austin .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Catching .... stunts (uncredited)
Leonard P. Geer .... stunts (uncredited)
Sol Gorss .... stunt double: Cary Grant (uncredited)
Robert F. Hoy .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Stader .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kenny Bell .... still photographer (uncredited)
Howard Bradner .... grip (uncredited)
Howard Cashion .... camera mechanic (uncredited)
Bobby Greene .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Michael P. Joyce .... camera loader (uncredited)
Michael P. Joyce .... camera operator: crop-dusting sequence (uncredited)
James V. King .... camera operator: crop-dusting sequence (uncredited)
Bud McNeil .... best boy (uncredited)
Bill Shaw .... gaffer (uncredited)
Tom Smith .... grip (uncredited)
Leonard J. South .... camera operator (uncredited)
Felix Trimboli .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Paul Weddell .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Larry Leverett .... extras casting coordinator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Harry Kress .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Charles K. Hagedon .... color consultant
Edward K. Milkis .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Bernard Herrmann .... conductor (uncredited)
Bernard Herrmann .... music arranger (uncredited)
Bernard Herrmann .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Saul Bass .... titles designer
Robert Foss .... location auditor (uncredited)
Peggy Robertson .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
136 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System) | Dolby SR | Dolby Digital
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:G (1959-1998) | Brazil:14 | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) (2000) | Chile:14 | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Iceland:L | Japan:G (2009) | Netherlands:12 (2008 re-release) | Netherlands:AL (DVD rating) | Netherlands:12 (re-rating) | Norway:16 | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | South Korea:12 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (re-release) (re-rating) (1995) (2006) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) (1993) (2001) (2004) | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (PCA #19156) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | West Germany:16 (original rating) | West Germany:12 (re-rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Technically, there is no compass direction named "North by Northwest." In the process of "boxing the compass" - naming the 32 points of the compass by their direction -- the points from West to North run: West, West by North, West-Northwest, Northwest by West, Northwest, Northwest by North, North-Northwest, North by West, North. There is a "North-Northwest," but not a "North by Northwest."See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The right side mirror on the bus that picked up the other man along the Indiana highway is in two different positions. As the bus approaches, it is adjusted correctly. When the man gets on and the bus pulls away, the mirror is turned and pointing toward the front of the bus, where it would be useless to the driver.See more »
Quotes:
Roger Thornhill:[a drunk Thornhill looks over the side of the car and sees the rear wheel is dangling over the side of a cliff] Whewwwwww!See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Singin' in the RainSee more »

FAQ

The newspaper that Eve has says that TWO people were killed in the plane crash - what two people?
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154 out of 223 people found the following review useful.
I finally get how great it is: Hitch infuses his wrong-man caper with ironic movie language and reality-be-damned escapism and suspense., 24 July 2004
Author: Ben_Cheshire from Oz

Its Hitch's most briskly entertaining movie, and one of his most comic, adventure-caper type movies, largely thanks to the persona of Cary Grant. But its also one of his most suspenseful - in the fact that Grant is being recognised as someone else, and that he may be put in jail for someone else's crime.

I've finally come to realise just how great North by Northwest is. The reason you should love Hitchcock is he put entertainment upfront. Hitchcock was not interested in whether this or that would happen in real life: he was interested in what would make the most entertaining scene for the movie. North by Northwest is a peak in this regard. The dialogue and situations intentionally throw reality to the wind - the double-entendre dialogue in the love scenes is not supposed to be the way people talk!

If you said to Hitchcock "as if he'd keep driving" or "as if she'd do that" - he would just laugh at you and say you've missed the point. This is 100% movieland, and once you get used to the fact, and that this is not a fault in the film, but done intentionally, you'll love it. Its expressionistic - everything happens in movie language: the people laughing at Grant in the elevator, the way he keeps driving drunk near the beginning, the way he grabs the knife and everyone stares at him after someone's been stabbed.

It flirts with the idea of identity. I thought it was interesting how Grant first is dismissing, then incredulous that people should be calling him by another name; then, as the tries to find out who this guy is, he enters the hotel room of this new identity, then he puts the suit on, and finally he identifies himself as George Kaplan.

A succession of fantastic, memorable scenes, a great leading man in Grant, and one of Hermann's essential Hitch scores make for a movie i can put on at any time.

10/10

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