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  (in credits order)

Eva Marie Saint ... Herself - Host

Patricia Hitchcock ... Herself (as Pat Hitchcock)
Ernest Lehman ... Himself

Robert F. Boyle ... Himself (as Robert Boyle)

Martin Landau ... Himself (archive footage)

Directed by
Peter Fitzgerald 
Produced by
Peter Fitzgerald .... producer
Cinematography by
Andrew B. Andersen 
Film Editing by
Glenn Erickson 
Makeup Department
Alan Friedman .... makeup artist
Tina Sellers .... hair stylist
Production Management
Paul Hemstreet .... executive in charge of production
Sound Department
John W. Cook II .... sound re-recording mixer (as John Cook)
Whitney Purple .... sound recordist
Dave Rody .... production audio mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Carlos Abdala .... tape operator
Barbara Green .... tape operator
Brad Mielke .... motion-control camera
Zach Zeller .... key grip
Editorial Department
Kathy Duerr .... on-line editor
Arden Rynew .... on-line editor
Mark Seymour .... on-line editor
Paula Stein .... additional editor
Other crew
Ned Comstock .... archival production materials
Shirley Knecht .... titles
Martin Sunday .... production assistant
Attilla Farndale .... special thanks
Mark Farndale .... special thanks
George Feltenstein .... special thanks
Mike Finnegan .... special thanks
Tooney Fitzgerald .... special thanks
Chad Flakoll .... special thanks
Patricia Hitchcock .... special thanks
Tom Karsch .... special thanks
Richard P. May .... special thanks (as Richard May)
Roger Mayer .... special thanks
Michael Pohl .... special thanks
Ned Price .... special thanks
Cheryl Rose .... special thanks
Bill Rush .... special thanks
John Russell Taylor .... special thanks
Ed Santiago .... special thanks
Donald Spotto .... special thanks
François Truffaut .... special thanks

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40 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

This documentary is featured on the DVD for North by Northwest (1959), released in 2000.See more »
Factual errors: It is said that the crop duster shot was filmed east of Bakersfield, Ca., when actually it was filmed west of Bakersfield near Wasco, Ca.See more »
Movie Connections:
Features Party Girl (1958)See more »


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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
very good look at the making of a classic, 2 September 2006
Author: blanche-2 from United States

"Destination Hitchcock: The Making of North by Northwest" is an interesting behind-the-scenes look at what went on during the production of this wonderful movie. Hosted by Eva Marie Saint, the documentary contains interviews with Ernest Lehman, the writer, Patricia Hitchcock, the director's daughter, and Martin Landau, as well as plenty of anecdotes of Saint's. Lehman goes into detail about how the movie was conceived, coming out of his failed attempts to write a script for "The Wreck of the Mary Deare" and his writing around two elements that Hitchcock wanted: a delegate dead at the UN and Mount Rushmore. The most amusing story is one told by Saint, of Hitchcock secretly filming Grant entering the UN from across the street.

The best part of the documentary for me were the on-the-set photos showing the cast clowning around and the director speaking with Grant, etc. Also Saint shows the faux pas of the little boy putting his hands over his ears before the gun goes off, adding, "Why of all the takes we did, that one was chosen, I'll never know." The way Hitchock worked, i.e., planning to the last detail, has been discussed ad infinitum, but this was the first time I ever actually saw his sketches of the various scenes - he literally drew the entire movie scene by scene before sitting down to actually film it.

Entertaining, though alas, there are not enough people alive anymore to talk further about a great movie, "North by Northwest." Well worth seeing, though.

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