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"This can't be good, we're on top of the monument . . ",
This review is from: North by Northwest [VHS] (VHS Tape)
One of the best of Hitchcock (although as far as his films go, Hitch probably has the best track record of any director living or dead). This film is basically the original "Fugitive" and follows pretty closely the plot to his "The 39 Steps" from 1935 - a man is mistaken for a CIA agent and is caught in a "deadly game of cat and mouse," as it were. I LOVE the music and the visuals that start out the film - it makes me wish I had been alive to see it in a movie theater in the 50's. And although this film is over 2 hours long, there's no way you can be bored - the suspense is so intense you'll be chewing your nails the whole time (I did the first time I saw it). Cary Grant is excellent as always, James Mason plays one of the most sinister of Hitchcock's villains (I would LOVE to have this guy's voice) and Eva Marie Saint looks gorgeous and plays her part well. I also enjoyed seeing Martin Landau in an early role as one of James Mason's henchmen and Jessie Royce Landis (the mother from "To Catch a Thief") as Grant's mother (although both were very near the same age at the time). And I love any film score by Bernard Herrmann - this guy should have had a mantle covered with awards, but as luck would have it, most of his scores went not only un-awarded but un-nominated (as this one did). By all means, if you don't own it, pick it up today - and by the way, good job for FINALLY releasing it on DVD, MGM.
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Initial post: Mar 26, 2007 9:48:43 PM PDT
Marian Evans says:
Posted on Feb 26, 2011 3:34:14 PM PST
When is this going to come out on Blu ray?
Easily one of the top 20 of all time.
Posted on Jul 8, 2011 11:41:18 AM PDT
D. Zinsmeister says:
I saw it at Radio City Music Hall in NYC. You are right. It was an experience.
Posted on Jul 13, 2011 10:47:47 AM PDT
Pedro Martins C. Xexeo says:
But the best Hitchcock film is " STRANGERS ON A TRAIN " . Robert Walker is the greatest Hitchcock villain (and psycho ) !
Posted on Aug 19, 2011 8:04:33 PM PDT
Jeff Haldeman says:
it is indeed quite difficult if not impossible to rank the Ultimate Directors Director, there are several favorites, too many to mention here, but North by Northwest seems to be in a class by itself, only "Rearview Mirror", "39 Steps" and "The Lady Vanishes" all have Hitchcock Character-traits which are easily identifiable as Hitchcock Macabe, almost unbridled multi-climatic suspense, done like none other. It's shy the biggest names went to Hitchcock, the last of the Great Directors, in the grand era of Cecil B. Demille, Frank Capra, The Forties and Fifties, even Sixties was an unparalleled time of Screen Talent, along with a similar time for Musicianship rising into the clouds and beyond. Very little comparable examples today.
Posted on Sep 9, 2011 4:08:14 PM PDT
Norman Eneim says:
Hey mr nasty:
Was out with some friends several years ago in Los Angeles driving east on Wilshire Blvd. after dinner @ Ruth's Chris. We were headed to see some current flick when we drove by the old Wiltern Theater. They were showing North by Northwest up on he big screen within the huge theater and large Lazy Boy type chairs. It was truly magnificent to see the film in this way-unfortunately I fell asleep about 15 minutes into it, but my friends were impressed with the film. One of the guests exclaimed, "That was the best movie I ever saw".
Ahh, Hitchcock-can't we get more theaters to play some of these old movies?!
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2011 8:02:36 PM PDT
Norm Cash says:
Yes, never try to watch a movie in a recliner. That's hilarious. I fall asleep everytime I try to do the same, matters not the show.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2011 5:42:17 PM PST
"Ahh, Hitchcock-can't we get more theaters to play some of these old movies?!"
Why - need to catch up on your sleep?
Posted on Sep 7, 2014 5:53:39 PM PDT
The Mount Rushmore caper had been done 10 years earlier on top of Abu Simbel in "Valley of the Kings" with Robert Taylor and Eleanor Parker.
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