A brilliant film. This was when Hitchcock was in his prime. The movie is in the same league as Psycho, if not higher. The plot slowly unfolds and there are surprises along the way, which is typical for a Hitchcock film. The movie has passionate kissing scenes and suspense with even a little bit of humor. Cary Grant was great at acting out Roger Thornhill, especially in the scene he was drunk. Eva Marie Saint in just her second film, put up another academy award performance as his lover who works for the F.B.I. One of the most famous scenes in movie history, the cropplowing scene, is in this movie when its at its peak. It had a great score too. If they had an academy award for it back then it would have been a sure winner. Alfred Hitchcock had a 5- second cameo in the beginning when he played someone who was trying to get on a bus.