The Top 63 Marathon, part 32
Title: North by Northwest
Length: 131 minutes
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Writer: Ernest Lehman
Starring: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason
Music: Bernard Herrmann
Distinctions: Oscar nominations for Best Original Screenplay, Best Art Direction/Set Decoration (color) and Best Editing; currently #35 on the IMDb’s Top 250
Synopsis: an ad agent is mistaken for a secret agent
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), yesterday
Story: Indifferent. Ridiculous, predictable and plot-holey.
Special effects/design: Indifferent.
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good). I was entertained. But if it weren’t for Hitchcock’s visuals, Herrmann’s not-John-Adams score, and the general absence of cars flipping end-over-end through the air, it would be indistinguishable from every mediocre action movie from the 80’s and 90’s.
Objective Rating: 2.7/4 (Good).