#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Madison Avenue advertising man Roger Thornhill finds himself thrust into the world of spies when he is mistaken for a man by the name of George Kaplan. Foreign spy Philip Vandamm and his henchman Leonard try to eliminate him but when Thornhill tries to make sense of the case, he is framed for murder. Now on the run from the police, he manages to board the 20th Century Limited bound for Chicago where he meets a beautiful blond, Eve Kendall, who helps him to evade the authorities. His world is turned upside down yet again when he learns that Eve isn’t the innocent bystander he thought she was. Not all is as it seems however, leading to a dramatic rescue and escape at the top of Mt. Rushmore.
Plot: Advertising man Roger Thornhill is mistaken for a spy, triggering a deadly cross-country chase.
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I hate user/critic review websites strictly because of movies like this. People will go see like, Gran Torino, be entertained, admire a couple symmetrical shots and smooth camera pans or whatever, and rate the thing a 4.5/5, 9/10, 95%, etc. But then there are movies that have a ten minute chase scene with Cary Grant scaling down Mount Rushmore, every second of which you’re screaming at the screen. Of course my most pompous entry is for an Alfred Hitchcock. But please, for progeny’s sake, save the high ratings for ones that earn em
Sometimes the truth does taste like a mouthful of worms.
Roger O Thornhill is a harmless and amiable advertising executive who is absurdly mistaken for a government agent by a gang of ruthless spies. Forced to go out on the lam, Thornhill lurches from one perilous scenario to another. Can he survive to prove his innocence? Is the gorgeous blonde who is helping him really a friend? All will be revealed in Alfred Hitchcock’s majestic thriller.
If deconstructing it you find that this isn’t a perfect Hitchcock movie, for it under uses James Mason’s coolly vile Phillip Vandamm (which is a crime), and it also doesn’t have a female lead acting with any great urgency since Eva Marie Saint as Eve Kendall fails to fully fulfil the promise of Kendall’s arrival in the movie. Yet this film rightly earns the right to be on any critics top 100 list, to be a favourite amongst the legion of Hitchcock fans (of which I’m one of that number), for it is escapist entertainment in its purest form, Hitchcock’s most accessible popcorn entertainment piece.
From the moment at the film’s opening when you hear Bernard Herrmann’s wonderful music, it’s enough to send goose pimples all over the body. For it is a musical portent that signifies we are about to get a fusion of thrills, mystery, and some cheeky Hitchcock humour, accompanied by heroes and villains all condensed purely for our enjoyment. Fronted by a diamond Cary Grant performance as the man wrongly mistaken for another that leads to him being pursued frighteningly across the states, the pic is never found wanting for genre high points. Coming as it did after the darkly brilliant and soul sapping Vertigo, Hitchcock clearly wanted to hang loose and enjoy himself.
Working from a fabulous script by Ernest Lehman, North By Northwest’s very reason for being is purely to entertain those wanting to invest a frame of mind with it, with Hitchcock cunningly putting us on side with what is ultimately a shallow character in Grant’s Roger O (the O doesn’t stand for anything) Thornhill. It’s a neat trick from the master of trickery and devilment. Some of the scenes on show are now almost folk lore such is the esteem in which they are held by movie fans and makers alike. A crop dusting aeroplane attack (the prelude to which has those goose pimples popping up in anticipation), a pursuit on Mount Rushmore and the often forgotten drunk car on a cliff sequence, these are all trade mark pieces of work from Hitchcock.
North By Northwest is in my humble opinion one of the true greats of cinema history, where as bleak and as unnervingly brilliant as Vertigo was the previous year, this is the polar opposite in structure and fable, but the result is most definitely equally as great. One of the reasons I fell in love with cinema in fact. 10/10
Strangers on a train
Alfred Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest” is one of the best films in his long and distinguished career. Part of the success of the movie lies in the screen play by Ernest Lehman, one of the best writers of that era. Also, the haunting music by Mr. Hitchcock’s usual collaborator, Bernard Hermann, adds texture to what we are seeing. Together with all the above mentioned qualities, “North by Northwest” was photographed by Robert Burks and was edited by George Tomasini, both men did outstanding jobs to enhance a film that shows a mature and inspired Alfred Hitchcock.
The film works because of the witty dialog Mr. Lehman wrote. This has to be one of the riskiest projects undertaken by Mr. Hitchcock because of the sexiness Eva Kendall exudes throughout the film and the repartee between her and Roger Thornhill. The film mixes adventure and romance that aren’t put ons, as one feels what one’s watching to be really happening.
Much has been said in this forum as to the values of this classic, so we shall only add our pleasure in seeing this masterpiece any time it turns on cable. In fact, the film hasn’t dated, the way some others of the same period have. The highlights of the film are the sequences involving the crop duster, the train ride to Chicago where Eve and Roger first meet, the auction, and the Mount Rushmore climax.
This is one of the best contributions by Cary Grant to any of his work with the director. Roger Thornhill is one of the best roles Mr. Grant played, during his long career. His chemistry with Eva Marie Saint is perfect. This young actress added class and elegance to the picture. James Mason and Martin Landau played villains convincingly. Jesse Royce Landis, Leo G. Carroll, and the rest of the supporting cast is excellent.
“North by Northwest” is one of Alfred Hitchcock’s best crafted films thanks to the brilliant people that came together to work in it.
Fine set pieces, but little sense of pacing or structure
The opening sequences are superb, but, for me, it all goes wrong after the scene in the UN lobby. Just when Hitch should have been tightening the screw, he inserts a scene where a committee of FBI agents reveal to us that they know our hero (Cary Grant) to be innocent. This robs much of what follows of any real tension. Just when the pace should be hotting up, Hitchcock slows things down with that long sequence on the train, which, surprisingly, lacks any sense of danger. As so often with Hitchcock in the 50s, he seemed more interested in glamour than with anything else. And glamour doesn’t mix very easily with menace.
The famous scene where Cary Grant is attacked by a plane is fine, but it isn’t integrated with the rest of the plot. (If someone wanted to kill Cary Grant, why didn’t they just hire a gunman instead of a plane?) The plotline is perfunctory: Cary Grant makes his way into the villain’s house, and instantly discovers what one of the best FBI agents has failed to uncover in years. The scene at the auction and the final chase on Mount Rushmore are, once again, memorable. But overall, this film appears to confirm my view that while Hitchcock was superb with individual set pieces, he never gave much thought to the overall structure or pacing. Even at his best (e.g. “The 39 Steps” or “Rear Window”) Hitchcock doesn’t give an impression of having an artistic vision to impart, which makes his reputation as a great director rather puzzling. No doubt his admirers see more than I do.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 16 min (136 min)
Genre Adventure, Mystery, Thriller
Director Alfred Hitchcock
Writer Ernest Lehman
Actors Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Jessie Royce Landis
Awards Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 7 nominations.
Production Company Metro Goldwyn Mayer
Sound Mix Mono (Westrex Recording System), Dolby SR, Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.33 : 1 (fullscreen), 1.66 : 1 (VistaVision – European ratio), 1.78 : 1 (Blu-ray), 1.85 : 1, 2.00 : 1 (Univisium), 1.50 : 1 (negative ratio), 1.85 : 1 (VistaVision – US ratio)
Camera Mitchell VistaVision Cameras
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (color)
Film Length 3,725 m (Sweden), 3,735.63 m (16 reels), 3,740 m (Finland)
Negative Format 35 mm (horizontal)
Cinematographic Process VistaVision
Printed Film Format 35 mm