Richard Hannay, a mining engineer on holiday from the African colonies, finds London socialite life terribly dull. Yet it's more then he bargained for when secret agent, Scudder, bursts into his room and entrusts him a coded notebook with map, concerning the impending start of World War I. In no time both German agents and the British law are chasing him, ruthlessly coveting the Roman numerals code, which Hannay believes he must crack himself. Masquerading as a liberal party pundit, Richard also gets stuck with parliamentary candidate Sir George Sinclair's sister Victoria. They must survive with the secrets and decide who they can trust and how to keep it from others.
Did You Know?
One of the main locations for this version was Stirling Castle itself. See more
At the end of the movie Hannay is leaving London for the western front, but from St Pancras. He's at the wrong station. The line from there goes to the English Midlands, not the channel ports. See more
Why don't we steal that car and leave it in the next town.
Because it belongs to those two men up there. They're German spies who are chasing me with a view to ending my life.
You're not just a murderer but a delusional maniac - just my luck.
References North by Northwest