History YMMV / NorthByNorthWest

27th Mar '17 2:42:33 AM axle-k89
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* MoralEventHorizon:
** Vandamm crosses it early on when he refuses to listen to Thornhill insisting that he is not the man Vandamm thinks he is and decides to simply kill him despite his protests, as if implying that whether Thornhill is telling the truth or not, it makes no difference to him.
** Leonard crosses it in the climax when he steps on Thornhill's hand, the one he's holding precariously on to the cliff by (Eve is holding on to his other hand), after Thornhill asks him for help. A KarmicDeath follows moments later.
26th Jan '17 5:37:48 PM benda
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'''Even Worse:''' Thornhill bolts from the building and goes on the lam, making his innocence look even more in doubt.

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'''Even Worse:''' Thornhill bolts from the building and goes on the lam, making his innocence look even more in doubt.\\
26th Jan '17 5:37:19 PM benda
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'''However:''' The whole scene played out so quickly that Thornhill's reactions seemed to be purely instinctive rather than based on any kind of reasoning.
25th Jan '17 1:24:28 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* WhatAnIdiot: Roger Thornhill goes to the UN in New York to speak with Lester Townshend and find out who was impersonating Townshend. One of the Vandamm's mooks throws a knife at Townshend, causing Townshend to collapse into Thornhill's arms.
'''You'd Expect''': Thornhill to leave the knife as-is, and yell out, "Get a doctor! He's been stabbed! Someone threw a knife at him!"
'''Instead''': Thornhill yanks the knife out of Townshend's back, getting his prints all over the knife and looking very much like he'd done the deed. A photographer catches his picture while he's holding the knife.
'''Even Worse''': Thornhill bolts from the building and goes on the lam, making his innocence look even more in doubt.

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* WhatAnIdiot: Roger Thornhill goes to the UN in New York to speak with Lester Townshend and find out who was impersonating Townshend. One of the Vandamm's {{Big Bad}}'s mooks throws a knife at Townshend, causing Townshend to collapse into Thornhill's arms.
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'''You'd Expect''': Expect:''' Thornhill to leave the knife as-is, and yell out, "Get a doctor! He's been stabbed! Someone threw a knife at him!"
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'''Instead:'''
Thornhill yanks the knife out of Townshend's back, getting his prints all over the knife and looking very much like he'd done the deed. A photographer catches his picture while he's holding the knife. \n\\
'''Even Worse''': Worse:''' Thornhill bolts from the building and goes on the lam, making his innocence look even more in doubt.
23rd Jan '17 3:36:08 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: A modern viewer who has never seen the film before can recognize trope after action movie trope, perhaps unaware that it was a defining film in that genre and that films like Franchise/JamesBond and Franchise/IndianaJones were heavily influenced by it.


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* WhatAnIdiot: Roger Thornhill goes to the UN in New York to speak with Lester Townshend and find out who was impersonating Townshend. One of the Vandamm's mooks throws a knife at Townshend, causing Townshend to collapse into Thornhill's arms.
'''You'd Expect''': Thornhill to leave the knife as-is, and yell out, "Get a doctor! He's been stabbed! Someone threw a knife at him!"
'''Instead''': Thornhill yanks the knife out of Townshend's back, getting his prints all over the knife and looking very much like he'd done the deed. A photographer catches his picture while he's holding the knife.
'''Even Worse''': Thornhill bolts from the building and goes on the lam, making his innocence look even more in doubt.
23rd Jan '17 9:51:14 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* SpiritualAdaptation: James Bond was still a popular book series when this film came out, but it essentially codified many of the elements that typify Bond. Morally ambiguous femme fatale spies, AffablyEvil supervillains, sexually ambiguous dragons, use of MonumentalBattle and wild action sequences. Likewise, Creator/SeanConnery's turn as Bond, as a more suave individual than his literary counterpart was based on Creator/CaryGrant's performance in this film. Indeed, Hitchcock who initially considered adapting James Bond was upset that Albert Broccoli (who he knew personally) ripped of his film for many of the early Bond films.

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* PoorMansSubstitute: Eva-Marie Saint fills in for Creator/GraceKelly as the Hitchcock blonde.
* SpiritualAdaptation: James Bond Franchise/JamesBond was still a popular book series when this film came out, but it essentially codified many of the elements that typify Bond. Morally ambiguous femme fatale FemmeFatale spies, AffablyEvil supervillains, sexually ambiguous dragons, use of MonumentalBattle and wild action sequences. Likewise, Creator/SeanConnery's turn as Bond, as a more suave individual than his literary counterpart was based on Creator/CaryGrant's performance in this film. Indeed, Hitchcock who initially considered adapting James Bond was upset that Albert Broccoli (who he knew personally) ripped of his film for many of the early Bond films.
6th Jan '17 11:44:33 AM SeptimusHeap
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* FreudWasRight: The very last shot of Roger and Eve's train going into a tunnel. It really couldn't have been made more obvious.
** But the DramaticTimpani helps.
** In his commentary, Ernest Lehman notes his regret that he can't take credit for the gag, as the script doesn't mention a tunnel.
** The best part is that Hitch threw that in as a way to piss off the Hayes Code, who didn't want to imply that the Roger and Eve were about to have sex.
11th Dec '16 4:55:28 AM NWolfman
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** The best part is that Hitch threw that in as a way to piss off the Hayes Code, who didn't want to imply that the Roger and Eve were about to have sex.
4th Jan '16 5:53:40 PM bt8257
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* CrazyAwesome: Vandamm, the guy went as far as sending a crop duster to try to kill Thornhill when he could have [[JustShootHim just shot him.]]

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* CrazyAwesome: Vandamm, the guy went as far as sending a crop duster to try to kill Thornhill when he could have [[JustShootHim [[CombatPragmatist just shot him.]]
25th Nov '15 4:15:41 AM JulianLapostat
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* SpiritualAdaptation: James Bond was still a popular book series when this film came out, but it essentially codified many of the elements that typify Bond. Morally ambiguous femme fatale spies, AffablyEvil supervillains, sexually ambiguous dragons, use of MonumentBattle and wild action sequences. Likewise, Creator/SeanConnery's turn as Bond, as a more suave individual than his literary counterpart was based on Creator/CaryGrant's performance in this film. Indeed, Hitchcock who initially considered adapting James Bond was upset that Albert Broccoli (who he knew personally) ripped of his film for many of the early Bond films.

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* SpiritualAdaptation: James Bond was still a popular book series when this film came out, but it essentially codified many of the elements that typify Bond. Morally ambiguous femme fatale spies, AffablyEvil supervillains, sexually ambiguous dragons, use of MonumentBattle MonumentalBattle and wild action sequences. Likewise, Creator/SeanConnery's turn as Bond, as a more suave individual than his literary counterpart was based on Creator/CaryGrant's performance in this film. Indeed, Hitchcock who initially considered adapting James Bond was upset that Albert Broccoli (who he knew personally) ripped of his film for many of the early Bond films.
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