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This week’s movie review: North By Northwest

“North by Northwest” is an excellent film about espionage and mystery.  This film was directed by the legendary writer/director, Alfred Hitchcock.

“North by Northwest” is one of his most famous movies. It ranks high among his other films such as, “The Birds,” “Vertigo” and “Rear Window.”

“North by Northwest” was a terrific film that kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time.  This movie can be compared to the popular show “Lost” in the amount of plot twists that occur.  The difference is that “North by Northwest” actually makes sense by the end of the movie.

Rodger O. Thornhill, played by Cary Grant, is an advertising agent for a booming New York business.  During a business lunch, Thornhill receives a phone call and has to step outside. As soon as he steps out, he is kidnapped by two men and taken to a mansion in the New York countryside.

What follows is a riveting cloak-and-dagger story as Thornhill figures out ways to escape the clutches of his captors and thwart their attempts to kill him.  As Thornhill runs from both the foreign spies and the police that think he is a murderer, he meets a lovely young lady named Eve Kendall, played by Eva Marie Saint. Together they try to figure out what happened to Thornhill and why the foreign spies are chasing him.

Despite being made in the ‘50s, this film uses the best special effects that the time period had to offer. The serious nature of the film keeps you on your toes and intrigued, while the comedic sarcasm of Cary Grant keeps you laughing.

The movie was nominated for three Oscars and won several different awards. The movie is a classic that has already survived the test of time.


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