After Daniel’s recommendation of North by Northwest on his 3/3/07 Dining and Dancing Guide, I decided to rent it and see the film for myself. Sorry Daniel, I had to get it from Netflix because surprise, surprise…the local Blockbuster doesn’t carry the film. Anyway, I sat down this evening and watched the film the American Film Institute lists at #40 in it’s greatest movies of all time series. You can also learn a lot more about the film at Wiki.
Just like most Hitchcock’s films, the film keeps you interested from start to finish. Cary Grant is, well he’s classic Cary Grant, a film legend. Eva Marie Saint was simply stunning. It’s really fun to watch movies like this today. Seeing Grant in a suit in every scene even as he runs and hides in a cornfield, climbs the side of a house, and treks the side of Mt Rushmore, well, that’s just something we don’t see in film today. By the way, the scene Daniel mentioned on his 3/3/07 Dining and Dancing Guide was there just as he said it was.
If you rent the DVD, be sure to watch the “making off” program hosted by Eva Marie Saint. She provides many behind the scenes tidbits about the film. Hitchcock’s daughter and the films writer also appear on the program so you really get a very good idea of what it was like when this film was made. Overall, I really liked this film and I’m glad I watched it.
What if everyone around you was suddenly convinced you were a spy? This classic from master director Alfred Hitchcock stars Cary Grant as an advertising executive who looks a little too much like someone else and is forced to go on the lam (helped along by Eva Marie Saint). Hitchcock’s sure-handed comic drama pits Grant against a crop duster and lands him in a fight for his life on Mount Rushmore. That’s a cliffhanger if ever there was one!
Sam’s 4 star guide:
**** Loved it
*** Really liked it
* Didn’t like it, wasted my time, would rather have watched a George Bush speech