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North by Northwest Movie Quotes

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Best North by Northwest quotes, with movie clips, ranked by fans. This list of great movie quotes from North by Northwest collects all of the most famous lines from the film in one place, allowing you to pick the top quotes and move them up the list. Quotations from movies are repeated all the time in other movies, on television, in speeches and in day-to-day life, so having a good knowledge of good movie quotes (and having resources useful to search movie quotes) have become essential. Many of the most notable quotes come from sources you may not even know about, some could even be the most memorable North by Northwest quotes or come from some of the other most quotable movies of all time.

Consistently named one of the best movies of all time, Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest is a tale of mistaken identity that sends a man on a race for his life as he attempts to ditch foreign spies who have mistaken him for a government agent. The movie is revered for its story twists and received three Academy Award nominations for its cinematic achievements. 

This list includes all the best North by Northwest lines and moments, just as they appeared in the actual movie script. Whether they are funny quotes, sad quotes, quotes about love or death, all the most famous North by Northwest quotes are here.
  • 1

    Not Even Slightly

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    Roger Thornhill: Now you listen to me, I'm an advertising man, not a red herring. I've got a job, a secretary, a mother, two ex-wives and several bartenders that depend upon me, and I don't intend to disappoint them all by getting myself "slightly" killed.
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    Play Dead

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    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.
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    No Desire For Love

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    Roger Thornhill: The moment I meet an attractive woman, I have to start pretending I have no desire to make love to her.
    Eve Kendall: What makes you think you have to conceal it?
    Roger Thornhill: She might find the idea objectionable.
    Eve Kendall: Then again, she might not.
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    My Wives Divorced Me

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    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.
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