North by Northwest

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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.

  1. Ernest Lehman

    Author, Screenplay

  2. Alfred Hitchcock


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  1. Cary Grant

    Cary Grant

    Roger O. Thornhill

  2. Eva Marie Saint

    Eva Marie Saint

    Eve Kendall

  3. James Mason

    James Mason

    Phillip Vandamm

  4. Jessie Royce Landis

    Jessie Royce Landis

    Clara Thornhill

  5. Philip Coolidge

    Philip Coolidge

    Dr. Cross

  6. Doreen Lang

    Doreen Lang

    Maggie - Thornhill's Secretary

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 16m

Budget $4,000,000.00

Revenue $13,275,000.00

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Release Information

  • July 17, 1959
    NR, Theatrical



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