North by Northwest

North by Northwest

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Genre: Adventure, Mystery, Thriller

Released: 1959 | Runtime: 136 min

A hapless New York City advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive.

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North by Northwest Quotes

  • Eve Kendall : What happened with your first two marriages?
    Roger Thornhill : My wives divorced me.
    Eve Kendall : Why?
    Roger Thornhill : They said I led a dull life.
  • Eve Kendall : I tipped the steward five dollars to seat you here if you should come in.
    Roger Thornhill : Is that a proposition?
    Eve Kendall : I never discuss love on an empty stomach.
    Roger Thornhill : You've already eaten!
    Eve Kendall : But you haven't.
  • Roger Thornhill : Now you listen to me, I'm an advertising man, not a red herring. I've got a job, a secretary, a mother, two ex-wives and several bartenders that depend upon me, and I don't intend to disappoint them all by getting myself "slightly" killed.
  • Roger Thornhill : And what the devil is all this about? Why was I brought here?
    Phillip Vandamm : Games? Must we?
    Roger Thornhill : Not that I mind a slight case of abduction now and then, but I have tickets for the theater this evening, to a show I was looking forward to and I get, well, kind of *unreasonable* about things like that.
    Phillip Vandamm : With such expert playacting, you make this very room a theater.
  • Eve Kendall: While I'm calling, you can change your clothes.
    Roger Thornhill: Where do you propose I do that? In Marshall Field's window?
    Eve Kendall: I sort of had the men's room in mind.
    Roger Thornhill: Did you, know? You're the smartest girl I ever spent the night with on a train.
  • Leonard: You're not taking her on the plane with you?
    Phillip Vandamm: Of course I am. Like our friends, I too believe in neatness, Leonard. This matter is best disposed of from a great height, over water.
  • Man at Prairie Crossing: That's funny, that plane's dustin' crops where there ain't no crops.
  • Phillip Vandamm: What possessed you to come blundering in here like this? Could it be an overpowering interest in art?
    Roger Thornhill: Yes, the art of survival.
    Eve Kendall: He followed me here from the hotel.
    Leonard: He was in your room?
    Roger Thornhill: Sure. Isn't everybody?
  • Phillip Vandamm: That wasn't very sporting, using real bullets.
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