YMMV: North by Northwest

  • Awesome Music: Bernard Herrmann strikes again.
  • Crazy Awesome: Vandamm, the guy went as far as sending a crop duster to try to kill Thornhill when he could have just shot him.
  • Freud Was Right: 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 Dramatic Timpani 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.
  • Fridge Logic: If you're going to lure somebody to the middle of nowhere to kill him, why not do a drive-by instead of having a minion attack him from a crop duster? Hitchcock himself acknowledged the scene makes no sense, but justified it since nobody notices while watching the film.
    • Hitchcock himself developed a case of it for the scene where Eve and Leonard covertly talk using two phones at an airport. He held off filming the scene for a while, then apparently came up with a way it was possible and shot it, though he never told anyone what it was.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Who came just to watch the cropduster scene?
  • Misaimed Marketing: Movie theaters reportedly gave children coloring pages of such scenes as Roger getting chased by the crop duster and Eve hanging off of Mount Rushmore.
    • It was also featured on the Turner Classic Movies program Essentials Jr., which is marketed towards families and younger viewers, and usually features softer fare.