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Thumbnail for North by Northwest (1959) North by Northwest (1959)

Basics Critics:93Viewers:80Rusty:82
Category: Action/Adventure, Drama, Mystery/Noir/Thriller, RomanceNotable as: Crime Fiction, Award-Winning WorkSub-Category: Action Film, Adventure Film, Mystery, Thriller, Spy film, Airplanes and airports, Romance Film, Chase Movie, Crime Fiction, DramaNarrative location: New York City, ChicagoRuntime: 131 - 136 minutesColor: colorLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesFilming location: Long Island, New York City, ChicagoDirector: Alfred HitchcockScreenwriter: Ernest LehmanMusic: Bernard HerrmannCinematography: Robert BurksStars: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Jessie Royce Landis, Leo G. Carroll, Josephine Hutchinson, Philip Ober, Martin Landau, Adam Williams Producer: Alfred HitchcockStudio: Metro-Goldwyn-MayerAwards won: National Film RegistryAward nominations: Academy Award for Best Art Direction, Color
Academy Award for Best Film Editing (George Tomasini)
Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay (Ernest Lehman)
Award details: (details at IMDb)

North by Northwest is a 1959 American spy thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint and James Mason. The screenplay was written by Ernest Lehman, who wanted to write "the Hitchcock picture to end all Hitchcock pictures". North by Northwest is a tale of mistaken identity, with an innocent man pursued across the United States by agents of a mysterious organization who want to stop his interference in their plans to smuggle out microfilm containing government secrets. This is one of several Hitchcock films with a music score by Bernard Herrmann and features a memorable opening title sequence by graphic designer Saul Bass. This film is generally cited as the first to feature extended use of kinetic typography in its opening credits.

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