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Still shot from the movie: North By Northwest.

North By Northwest

A case of mistaken identity forces Roger O. Thornhill (Cary Grant) to run for his life while trying to clear his name. This classic Hitchcock tale from 1959 is usually heading for suspense, while taking the occasional detour for some mild verbal sexual innuendo. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B
Violence: C+
Sexual Content: C+
Language: B+
Drugs/Alcohol: C
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MPAA Rating: Not Rated
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Did you know Alfred Hitchcock makes a cameo appearance in every one of his films? (You’ll have to be quick off the mark to spy him in this one.)

The script in the movie works very much though the eyes of Roger O. Thornhill, until a pivotal scene that occurs in an FBI office. How does making the audience privy to information the main character doesn’t have change the flow of the film? Do you think this perspective shift enhances or detracts from the story? Are movies usually told in the first person?

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