North By Northwest (1959)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB

USA, 1959.  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Recently restored to its original brilliance, this one concerns an honest businessman (Cary Grant) mistakenly caught by foreign agents led by wiley James Mason, who think he’s a spy for the American government. Grant travels across the country, gets attacked in a cornfield by a crop duster, escapes danger aboard a train and battles the bad guys on the faces of Mount Rushmore. Exciting and suspenseful, it is further enriched by the classy and intelligent performance by Eva Marie Saint as the femme fatale. Ernest Lehman’s flawless screenplay is probably the best of his career, and Bernard Herrmann’s haunting bolero score among his finest.

Academy Award Nominations:  Best Original Story and Screenplay; Best Art Direction-Colour; Best Film Editing

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