History Film / NorthByNorthwest

16th Dec '16 3:10:21 AM axle-k89
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** Double-subverted in the auction scene, where he tries to leave and finds the exits covered, so he makes an idiot of himself to get the polcie called and escort him out.

to:

** Double-subverted in the auction scene, where he tries to leave and finds the exits covered, so he makes an idiot of himself to get the polcie police called and escort him out.
16th Dec '16 3:06:56 AM axle-k89
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* BadassOnPaper: Thornhill is just an ordinary Madison Avenue executive, yet over the course of the film, he manages to survive three attempts made on his life, causes the death of one of the perpetrators and [[spoiler:manages to save Eve from certain death]].



* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler: Valerian and Leonard (although Leonard was already dead from the bullet).]]

to:

* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler: Valerian and Leonard (although Leonard was already dead from the bullet). Also, when Leonard tells Vandamm that Eve is revealed to be a ReverseMole, Vandamm tells him they will kill her by pushing her out of the plane when it's flying over water. Thankfully, Eve never makes it to the plane.]]



* IdiotBall: Not once, but ''twice'' the villains choose an overly elaborate method to try and kill Thornhill, from which he is easily able to escape: first by getting him drunk and putting him behind the wheel of a car so that he'll drive into the ocean and it'll look like an accident, and the second being the entire scene with the crop duster. Hitchcock did acknowledge that the crop-duster scene is needlessly complex, but pointed out that no one thinks that [[FridgeLogic while they're actually in the cinema]].

to:

* IdiotBall: HeroStoleMyBike: After the crop-duster crashes, Thornhill steals the truck of a passer-by to get back to Chicago.
* IdiotBall:
**
Not once, but ''twice'' the villains choose an overly elaborate method to try and kill Thornhill, from which he is easily able to escape: first by getting him drunk and putting him behind the wheel of a car so that he'll drive into the ocean and it'll look like an accident, and the second being the entire scene with the crop duster. Hitchcock did acknowledge that the crop-duster scene is needlessly complex, but pointed out that no one thinks that [[FridgeLogic while they're actually in the cinema]].cinema]].
** When Valerian kills Townsend with the knife, Thornhill grabs it, making it appear as if he is the murderer. Now he has the police to worry about.
** Also defied, as when he calls his mother after that, he says taking the train is safer than taking a plane as if someone was looking for him, it would be easier to hide on a train.



* INeedToGoIronMyDog: [[spoiler:When Thornhill warns Eve that Vandamm and Leonard know of her duplicity, she tells them she left her earrings in her room and goes up there, where Thornhill tells her the statue Vandamm bought at the art auction has microfilm inside it, something she didn't previously know.]]



* MistakenForMurderer: Valerian tries to kill Thornhill with a knife in the United Nations, but it hits the real Townsend and Thornhill makes the mistake of picking up the knife in front of the crowd, making it appear he is the perpetrator.



* ReverseMole: [[spoiler: Eve is made out to be Vandamm's mistress, but she's working for the government.]]



* ScrewThisImOuttaHere:
** Subverted twice when Thornhill makes an unsuccessful escape attempt. The first time, after Valerian and Licht escort him to the car, he goes for the door, only to find it locked. He tries again at Townsend's estate, only to find Valerian blocking the doorway.
** Double-subverted in the auction scene, where he tries to leave and finds the exits covered, so he makes an idiot of himself to get the polcie called and escort him out.
** [[spoiler:Eve at the end does this when the gunshot rings out and she uses the distraction to snatch the statue from Vandamm and run.]]



* SharpDressedMan: Thornhill dresses in the same grey suit for much of the film, only changing his attire near the end after being provided with fresh clothes.
** Likewise, Vandamm, Valerian, Licht and Leonard are always dressed in suits.

to:

* SharpDressedMan: Thornhill dresses in the same grey suit for much of the film, only changing his attire near the end after being provided with fresh clothes. \n** Likewise, Vandamm, Valerian, Leonard, Valerian and Licht and Leonard are always dressed also all dress in suits.
7th Dec '16 5:12:25 PM LarryMullen
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* CaliforniaDoubling: The entire crop duster scene was supposedly set in Indiana southeast of Chicago, but actually filmed near Bakersfield, California because it's cheaper to film in California than take all the crew and equipment to Indiana.
** The California coastline stands in for that of Glen Cove, New York, where Thornhill was originally to meet his fate. The north shore of Long Island is rocky, but not THAT rocky.
** Vandamm's house behind Mount Rushmore. Anyone who's been to Mount Rushmore knows there aren't any houses within several miles. Not to mention the topography is all wrong. It does make for a good climax, however.
2nd Nov '16 5:11:05 PM dmcreif
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* BetterManhandleTheMurderWeapon: Conveniently, a photographer is present to take an incriminating photo at the exact moment the victim falls on Cary Grant; not getting what's happening, he pulls the knife out of the victim's back. The look on Grant's face doesn't help, either. Then his guilty-looking mug is plastered on the front page of every newspaper in the USA!

to:

* BetterManhandleTheMurderWeapon: Conveniently, a photographer is present to take an incriminating photo at the exact moment the victim falls on Cary Grant; Thornhill not getting what's happening, he pulls the knife out of the victim's back. The look on Grant's Roger's face doesn't help, either. Then his guilty-looking mug is plastered on the front page of every newspaper in the USA! country.
2nd Nov '16 2:26:28 PM BewilderedZeal
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* CreepyBlueEyes: Leonard.
11th Oct '16 6:04:38 PM nombretomado
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* UsefulNotes/ColdWar
-->'''The Professor:''' War is hell, Mr. Thornhill. Even when it's a cold one.



* GreyAndGrayMorality: Vandamm and Leonard are up to no good but the US government is indifferent to the plight of Thornhill, even though his life gets screwed over because of their misinformation campaign. Later, the government even [[spoiler:tells Eve Kendall to sacrifice Thornhill for the greater good, leading Eve to send Roger out to get killed in the cornfield. The government finally decides to step in and save Thornhill but tell him that Eve will be married to Vandamm and serve as TheMole which makes Roger angry telling the government (as an AudienceSurrogate) that if that was their way of fighting the ColdWar, maybe they should ''lose'' it]].

to:

* GreyAndGrayMorality: Vandamm and Leonard are up to no good but the US government is indifferent to the plight of Thornhill, even though his life gets screwed over because of their misinformation campaign. Later, the government even [[spoiler:tells Eve Kendall to sacrifice Thornhill for the greater good, leading Eve to send Roger out to get killed in the cornfield. The government finally decides to step in and save Thornhill but tell him that Eve will be married to Vandamm and serve as TheMole which makes Roger angry telling the government (as an AudienceSurrogate) that if that was their way of fighting the ColdWar, UsefulNotes/ColdWar, maybe they should ''lose'' it]].
11th Oct '16 1:12:04 PM eroock
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* StandardHollywoodStrafingProcedure: The crop duster attacking Thornhill.
10th Oct '16 1:39:54 PM bt8257
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* GrayAndGreyMorality: Vandamm and Leonard are up to no good but the US government is indifferent to the plight of Thornhill, even though his life gets screwed over because of their misinformation campaign. Later, the government even [[spoiler:tells Eve Kendall to sacrifice Thornhill for the greater good, leading Eve to send Roger out to get killed in the cornfield. The government finally decides to step in and save Thornhill but tell him that Eve will be married to Vandamm and serve as TheMole which makes Roger angry telling the government (as an AudienceSurrogate) that if that was their way of fighting the ColdWar, maybe they should ''lose'' it]].

to:

* GrayAndGreyMorality: GreyAndGrayMorality: Vandamm and Leonard are up to no good but the US government is indifferent to the plight of Thornhill, even though his life gets screwed over because of their misinformation campaign. Later, the government even [[spoiler:tells Eve Kendall to sacrifice Thornhill for the greater good, leading Eve to send Roger out to get killed in the cornfield. The government finally decides to step in and save Thornhill but tell him that Eve will be married to Vandamm and serve as TheMole which makes Roger angry telling the government (as an AudienceSurrogate) that if that was their way of fighting the ColdWar, maybe they should ''lose'' it]].
25th Sep '16 7:38:37 AM Mdumas43073
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* AmbiguouslyGay: Leonard. "Call it my women's intuition."

to:

* AmbiguouslyGay: Leonard. "Call it my women's woman's intuition."
25th Sep '16 7:36:08 AM Mdumas43073
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** When Roger is having a shower in the Chicago hotel room, he starts whistling Film/SinginInTheRain.

to:

** When Roger is having a pretending to shower in the Chicago hotel room, he starts whistling Film/SinginInTheRain. "Film/SinginInTheRain".
This list shows the last 10 events of 175. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Film.NorthByNorthwest