North by Northwest PG
From the archive
This film was last shown on 4 January 2018
‘That's funny, that plane's dustin' crops where there ain't no crops!’ Hitchcock’s rip roaring, romantic and rarefied rollercoaster ride returns to the big screen! Thanks to a paging announcement, New York advertising man Roger O Thornhill falls victim to a deadly case of mistaken identity. To clear his name and stay alive, he leaves town, first for Chicago, then South Dakota. En route, protection from his pursuers is provided by the intriguingly named Eve. Famous for superb scenes set in claustrophobic or agoraphobic locations – the UN building, a sinister cornfield, a hysterical auction room, and most unforgettably a seminal scramble across Mount Rushmore: the film charts Thornhill’s progress from cynical detachment (the ‘O’ stands for ‘nothing’) through vulnerability to commitment. Witty, impudent, suspenseful, this is Hollywood filmmaking at its most urbane and glamorous. ‘A terrific game of tennis with grenades for balls’ – David Thomson - The Guardian.
- Alfred Hitchcock
- 136 mins
- Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason