The pairing of Alfred Hitchcock and Cary Grant for the thriller North by Northwest is electric. Add in a smooth performance by Eva Marie Saint (one of Hitchcocks cool blonds) and a multilayered script by Ernest Lehman (who, its been said, wanted to write the Hitchcock picture to end all Hitchcock pictures), and the result is a film thats both stylish and frightening.
Grant plays Roger Thornhill, a charming New York City advertising executive who spends much too much time in chic bars. Hes mistaken for a spy and becomes the target of a gang of thugs who set out to kill him.
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In the films signature scene, Thornhill is standing on a desolate road when, in the distance, like a buzzing fly, comes a tiny airplane. Thornhill watches as it approaches, realizing almost too late that its coming after him. As bullets fly and Thornhill tries desperately to find cover, the audience is plunged into the moment. With unknown assailants after him and nowhere to hide, Thornhill quickly realizes that being innocent isnt nearly enough to get him out of danger. 6:45 p.m. Alamo Drafthouse, Mason Park, 531 South Mason Road. For information, call 281-492-6900 or visit www.drafthouse.com. $7.
Sun., April 24, 6:45 p.m., 2011