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Huey McEvoy's rating of the film North by Northwest

The blueprint for all modern action movies: a dense plot, endless narrative twists, a wisecracking everyman, multiple locations, enormous set pieces, questionable effects, a thunderous score, and a duplicitous blonde. The debt owed to it by the Bond franchise is evident throughout (those final few seconds!) And I swear I heard that 4 note refrain from Monty Norman's Bond theme peppered through Herrmann's score.