North by Northwest (1959)



Critic Consensus: Gripping, suspenseful, and visually iconic, this late-period Hitchcock classic laid the groundwork for countless action thrillers to follow.

Movie Info

While having lunch at the Plaza Hotel in New York, advertising executive Roger O. Thornhill (Cary Grant) has the bad luck to call for a messenger just as a page goes out for a "George Kaplan." From that moment, Thornhill finds that he has stepped into a nightmare -- he is quietly abducted by a pair of armed men out of the hotel's famous Oak Room and transported to a Long Island estate; there, he is interrogated by a mysterious man (James Mason) who, believing that Roger is George Kaplan, demands … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Ernest Lehman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 29, 2000
Turner Entertainment


as Roger O. Thornhill

as Eve Kendall

as James Vandamm

as The Professor

as Clara Thornhill

as Clara Thornhill

as Lester Townsend

as Handsome Woman

as Valerian

as Victor Larrabee

as Auctioneer

as Dr. Cross

as Chicago Policeman

as Chicago Policeman

as Chicago Policeman

as Capt. Junket

as Sgt. Emile Klinger

as Anna the Housekeeper

as Judge Anson B. Flynn

as Lt. Harding

as Cartoonist

as Stock Broker

as Reporter

as Housewife

as Elevator Starter

as Maggie

as Taxi Driver

as Taxi Driver

as Captain of Waiters

as Weltner

as Larry Wade

as Fanning Nelson

as Bellboy

as Lt. Hagerman

as Patrolman Waggonner ...

as Elsie the Maid

as Girl Attendant

as Girl Attendant

as Girl Attendant

as Indian Girl

as Ticket Agent

as Conductor

as Steward

as Detective

as Detective

as Man on Road

as Farmer

as Police Lieutenant

as Police Lieutenant

as Telephone Operator

as Man With Razor

as Attendant

as Dakota Cab Driver

as Assistant Conductor

as Man Who Misses Bus

as Assistant Auctioneer

as Hospital Patient

as (uncredited)

as (uncredited)

as (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for North by Northwest

All Critics (65) | Top Critics (8)

Hitchcock breezes through a tongue-in-cheek, nightmarish plot with a lightness of touch that's equalled by a charming performance from Grant.

Full Review… | June 19, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

Smoothly troweled and thoroughly entertaining.

Full Review… | April 23, 2009
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

A great film, and certainly one of the most entertaining movies ever made, directed by Alfred Hitchcock at his peak.

Full Review… | March 27, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

At times it seems Hitchcock is kidding his own penchant for the bizarre, but this sardonic attitude is so deftly handled it only enhances the thrills.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

All in all, an improbable classic.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

...a tenuously engaging thriller that could've used a few more passes through the editing bay...

Full Review… | December 30, 2012
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Audience Reviews for North by Northwest

Gave it a go because it's Hitchcock's, add to it the high IMDb rating. Turned out to be highly disappointing. It's poor in almost every department, be it the plot, the dialogues, the casting, the performances..... A chimpanzee might have been more suitable for the role of Thornhill. All in all, just another classic that I should have rather skipped. 0/5.

For the want of rating, 0.5/5. Actual rating: 0/5.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

Awesome spy adventure flick.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

I can see how Hitchcock was such a famed director!

Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer

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