History YMMV / NorthByNorthWest

24th Sep '17 2:56:06 PM nombretomado
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* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: BernardHerrmann [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGax-8RiucI strikes]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYdmJB4Zd-o again]].

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* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: BernardHerrmann Music/BernardHerrmann [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGax-8RiucI strikes]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYdmJB4Zd-o again]].
4th Sep '17 6:03:04 PM ading
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* IdiotPlot: The plot of the movie wouldn't have happened if the bad guys had just shot Roger the first time they wanted to kill him instead of hatching a complex scheme to get him in a car accident. Later, they get another opportunity to assassinate him, but they again ruin their own plan by using a loud, highly visible crop duster that gives him ample warning time instead of just doing something simpler like planting a sniper.
29th Jun '17 9:22:14 PM Pren
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* RetroactiveRecognition: Thornhill's laywer is [[Series/GetSmart the Chief of CONTROL]].
14th May '17 4:33:40 AM Kitchen90
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* SpiritualAdaptation: 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 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.

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* SpiritualAdaptation: 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 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 off his film for many of the early Bond films.
5th Apr '17 5:11:34 PM JulianLapostat
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* PoorMansSubstitute: Eva-Marie Saint fills in for Creator/GraceKelly as the Hitchcock blonde.
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.
arms.\\
'''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!"
'''Instead''':
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. \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.
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