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Quotations from North by Northwest

North by Northwest is a romantic-mystery adventure film about a mistaken identity when a man is pursued by agents of an organization to stop "his" plans of interferring with their smuggling out of government secrets. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Sain, and James Mason. This film was nominated for three Oscar awards, including Best Writing.

North by Northwest is a film said to be "the Hitchcock picture to end all Hitchcock pictures." It is seen as one of the best Hitchcock films and one of the best thrillers ever made. Read some quotes from the film North by Northwest below.


Eve Kendall: Patience is a virtue.
Roger Thornhill: So is breathing.
Roger Thornhill: How do we know it's not a fake? It looks like a fake.
Bidder: Well, one thing we know. You're no fake. You are a genuine idiot.
Eve Kendall: While I'm calling, you can change your clothes.
Roger Thornhill: Where do you propose I do that? In Marshall Field's window?
Eve Kendall: I sort of had the men's room in mind.
Roger Thornhill: Did you, know? You're the smartest girl I ever spent the night with on a train.
Phillip Vandamm: Seems to me you fellows could stand a little less training from the F.B.I. and a little more from the Actor's Studio.
Roger Thornhill: Apparently the only performance that will satisfy you is when I play dead.
Phillip Vandamm: Your very next role, and you'll be quite convincing, I assure you.
Roger Thornhill: How does a girl like you get to be a girl like you?
Eve Kendall: Lucky, I guess.
Roger Thornhill: I don't like the games you play, professor.
The Professor: War is hell, Mr. Thornhill, even when it's a cold one.
Eve Kendall: What happened with your first two marriages?
Roger Thornhill: My wives divorced me.
Eve Kendall: Why?
Roger Thornhill: They said I led a dull life.
Clara Thornhill: Roger...Pay the two dollars.
Charley - Chicago Policeman: Where are we goin'?
Sergeant Flamm - Chicago Policeman: Airport.
Charley - Chicago Policeman: For what?
Sergeant Flamm - Chicago Policeman: Orders.
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