Roger Thornhill is a middle-aged advertising executive who claims his life is just too dull. When he answers the wrong page, one for a George Kaplan, he is mistaken for Kaplan. It becomes an identity which Thornhill cannot shake. Unctuous, urbane spy Phillip Vandamm wants Kaplan dead, but when his first attempt at assassination fails, he frames Thornhill for murder instead. Now Thornhill is chased across the USA by the spies, the police and the FBI. Boarding a train he meets Eve Kendall, who helps him in his desperate flight. Eve seems to know a little too much and when he discovers Eve’s apparent duplicity, the smitten Roger’s attempt to even the score with her endangers both of their lives. And then things are getting really complicated. —Warner Bros.
Alfred Hitchcock has been the most well-known director to the general public since the 1940s – and he remains so in the 21st century, more than 25 years after his death. His name evokes instant expectations on the part of audiences around the world: of a memorable night of movie-watching highlighted by at least two or three great chills (and a few more good ones), some striking black comedy, and an eccentric characterization or two in virtually every one of the director’s movies across a half-century – and usually laced with a comical cameo appearance by the director himself.
Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born into a devoutly Catholic family in London, and his religious upbringing – with its attendant issues of guilt – would have a powerful influence on the psychological underpinnings of his later work. He was trained at a technical school, and initially gravitated to movies through art courses and advertising. He studied the work of other filmmakers, most notably the German expressionists… read more
Watching it for the first time in two years, I'm not quite sure why I didn't love it more on my initial viewing. It's possibly Hitchcock's most entertaining film. Also, I love the way this movie looks; not just the cinematography, but there's something about the texture of the art decoration that I find enormously appealing. Was everything really this polished in 50s America??
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Hitchcock obviously had a fascination in the early to mid stages of his career for suspense thrillers about spies, espionage, intrigue, and MacGuffins, which made films like The Man Who Knew Too Much… read review
A light thriller with the lightest of touch from Hitchcock, utilising the master of the craft Cary Grant, provides a fantastic entertainment from the striking Saul Bass titles at the start to the train… read review
A light, breezy, occasionally suspenseful, romantic-thriller-comedy. There’s not a lot of depth to it (except in the rather subversive way Hitchcock reveals that there are no heroes on either side… read review