North by Northwest

In cinemas 20 October 2017

North by Northwest (1959)

North by Northwest (1959)

One of the most entertaining films of Alfred Hitchcock’s career, this glamorous romantic thriller returns to cinemas as part of the BFI’s Who Can You Trust? season.

Thanks to a paging announcement, New York advertising man Roger O Thornhill (Grant) falls victim to a deadly case of mistaken identity; to clear his name and stay alive, he leaves town, first for Chicago, then South Dakota. En route, protection from his pursuers is provided by the intriguingly named Eve (Marie Saint). Famous for superb scenes set in claustrophobic or agoraphobic locations – the UN building, a crop field, an auction room, Mount Rushmore – the film charts Thornhill’s progress from cynical detachment (the ‘O’ stands for ‘nothing’) through vulnerability to commitment. Witty, impudent, suspenseful, this is Hollywood filmmaking at its most urbane and glamorous.

Geoff Andrew, BFI Programmer-at-large

Part of the BFI Thriller season



10-12 November
Glasgow Film Theatre

11 November
No. 6 Cinema, Portsmouth
Dundee Contemporary Arts

12 November
Tramshed, Cardiff

13 November
Aros Portree Isle of Skye
Campus West, Welwyn Garden City

13-15 November
Empire Birmingham
Empire Ipswich
Empire Sunderland
Empire Swindon
Empire Walthamstow
Empire Wigan

18 November
Cork Film Festival (Everyman Cork)

18 and 24 November
Birks Aberfeldy

21 November
Aros Cinema, Portree

26 November
Abbeygate Cinema
Aldeburgh Cinema
Mac, Birmingham

28 November
Strode Theatre, Street


5 December
Light Cinema Bolton
Light Cinema Wisbech
Light Cinema Walsall

21 December
Firstsite Colchester

22-27 December
Eden Court Inverness

27-30 December
Edinburgh Filmhouse

28 December
Broadway Nottingham

30 December
Chichester Cinema at New Park
Curzon Clevedon


3 January
Chichester Cinema at New Park

4 January
Curzon Clevedon

7 January
Robert Burns Centre, Dumfries
Hyde Park Leeds

15 January
Number 8 Pershore

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