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13,952 Ratings

North by Northwest

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
United States, 1959
Thriller, Adventure


After being kidnapped in a case of mistaken identity, a New York City advertising executive finds himself pursued across the United States by mysterious agents who will do anything to prevent him from revealing their secrets.

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North by Northwest Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1960 | 3 nominations including: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color

San Sebastián International Film Festival

1959 | Winner: Silver Seashell



Critics reviews

Where NORTH BY NORTHWEST moves into deeper territory is on the question of identity. Not only is no one else who you thought they were, but you yourself are not who you thought you were. Yet in Hitchcock’s hands such a weighty existential theme sounds like the best time a guy could have.
November 09, 2012
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Hitchcock’s early chase films had a zest he has never been able, or perhaps wanted, to recover. But the immense calculation that has gone into this film, the cheap joke so carefully timed, the suspense effect so gloatingly delayed, is the mark of the ultimate in professionalism. And there is something to be said for a film that never puts a foot wrong without making one feel that even the false step is a deliberate one.
July 01, 1959
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