North by Northwest

North by Northwest Cover Art

1959 Adventure

Not Rated

2 hours 16 minutes

This movie is not tiring to watch.

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Notes About the Violence

This classic thriller is keeps you guessing and while has scenes, they are all mild, with none above Play Acting. While there are eight scenes, they are all brief and none of them with disturbing images.


37 minutes
Distressing - Play Actingdistressing

Mr. Thornhill meets Mr. Townsend.
"What about Mrs Townsend?" - Mr. Thornhill
"My wife has been dead for many years. Mr. Thornhill, what is this all about?" - Mr. Townsend

Someone throws a knife and kills Mr. Townsend. You don't see it, just him reacting and falling over. Mr. Thornhill then takes the knife out and a picture is taken, there doesn't appear to be any blood on the knife.

"Get Back!" Mr. Thornhill, then music intensifies with no dialogue.

1 hour 15 minutes
Mild - No Act of Violencemild

Mr. Thornhill is running from a plane and jumps in front of a big truck. The truck tries to stop...

The truck tries to stop, and doesn't in quite enough time, so tMr. Thornhill goes under the front of the truck but is unharmed.

The plane flies into the truck and explodes. The pilot is killed, but no one else is harmed.

The driver urges Mr. Thornhill to move away.

1 hour 31 minutes
Mild - No Act of Violencemild

In an auction, Mr. Thornhill starts making crazy bids. Someone confronts him.
"You take your hands away or I'll sue you!", Mr. Thornhill.

They get into a short fistfight.

"What took you so long!" - Mr. Thornhill

1 hour 44 minutes
Distressing - Play Actingdistressing

They are in the Mt. Rushmore Visitor's Center. Mr. Thornhill confronts Eve Kendall.
"Save the phoney tears..." Mr. Thornhill
"Just stay back..." Eve urges

She fake shoots him, but it looks real. They take him off in an ambulance.

Hear a car door open.

2 hours
Distressing - Play Actingdistressing

"You know what I think, I think your jealous" - Mr. Vandamm

Thug fake shoots Mr. Vandamm.

"I found it in her luggage" - Thug

2 hours 3 minutes
Mild - No Act of Violencemild

Mr. Thornhill climbs up to a balcony and goes into a dark room.

He looks at his hand which has some blood on it. He writes a note to her on matches that they are on to her.

After the glasses are done clinking in the background.

2 hours 13 minutes
Mild - No Act of Violencemild

Eve and Mr. Thornhill are sneaking around a bend, and someone is hiding around the side of the rock.

He tackles Mr. Thornhill, who manages to throw him off the cliff.

Hear screaming.

2 hours 15 minutes
Distressing - Play Actingdistressing

"Help me! Help me!" Mr. Thornhill implores a man standing by.

The man steps on his hands, but then is shot from a distance and falls over the cliff.

"Here, reach, now" Mr. Thornhill.