Now See This: North By Northwest @Regency South Coast Village

North By Northwest (courtesy of MGM)

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 the Orange County DIY music scene, film, arts, Latino culture and currently pens the long-running column Trendzilla. Born, raised, and based in Santa Ana, she loves bad movies, punk shows, raising her plants, eating tacos, Selena, and puns.

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