You gotta love a good Hitchcock thriller, especially if its among one of the greatest thrillers of all time.
Cary Grant stars as an advertising executive mistaken for a spy, and after being discredited as a drunk and wrongfully accused for murder by his assailants, begins to investigate a mysterious organization’s plot to steal government secrets.
Culturally, we’re most familiar with the scene of Grant being chased around by a crop duster in a field, or Grant and co-star Eva Marie Saint being chased around by thugs on Mount Rushmore. But its pitch perfect pacing and intriguing development make the whole two hour-plus film a gem.
Screenwriter Ernest Lehman said of North that he wanted to write the Hitchcock picture to “end all other Hitchcock pictures,” and, well, decide whether he accomplished that for yourself.
North By Northwest at Regency South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701; regencymovies.com. Wed., Aug. 29, 7:30 p.m. $8.50.
Aimee Murillo is calendar editor and frequently covers film and previously contributed to the OCW’s long-running fashion column, Trendzilla. Don’t ask her what her favorite movie is unless you want to hear her lengthy defense of Showgirls.