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Strangers On a Train

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Alfred Hitchcock

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About the Movie

Strange thing about this trip. So much occurs in pairs. Tennis star Guy (Farley Granger) hates his unfaithful wife. Mysterious Bruno (Robert Walker) hates his father. How perfect for a playful proposal: I'll kill yours, you kill mine. Now look at how Alfred Hitchcock reinforces the duality of human nature. The more you watch, the more you'll see. "Isn't it a fascinating design?" the Master of Suspense often asked. Actually, it's doubly fascinating. Hitchcock left behind two versions of Strangers on a Train. The original version (Side A) is an all-time thriller classic. A recently found longer prerelease British print (Side B) offers "a startling amplification of Bruno's flamboyance, his homoerotic attraction to Guy and his psychotic personality," according to Bill Desowitz of Film Comment. The laying bare of Bruno's hidden nature, along with the great set pieces (head-turning tennis match, disintegrating carousel) and suspense as only Hitchcock can deliver, makes for a first-class trip.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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98%
  • Reviews Counted: 43
  • Fresh: 42
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 8.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Winds up with a scene in which a merry-go-round goes wild, spins like a pin wheel, and crashes in a gaudy blaze of explosions that no earthly carrousel could touch off. The movie itself is the same way: implausible but intriguing and great fun to ride. – TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Given a good basis for a thriller in the Patricia Highsmith novel and a first-rate script, Hitchcock embroiders the plot into a gripping, palm-sweating piece of suspense. – Variety Staff, Variety, Apr 30, 2013

Fresh: Strangers on a Train is an admirable demonstration of Alfred Hitchcock's virtuosity in the area of suspense dramas. – Hollywood Reporter, Jun 30, 2017

Fresh: Hitchcock was above all the master of great visual set pieces, and there are several famous sequences in Strangers on a Train. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jan 20, 2006

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Customer Reviews

Hitchock at his usual best.

Even though it's one of Hitchcock's lesser known works, "Strangers On A Train" still maintains all of its cleverness and cunning plot after all of these years. With creepy performances from the lead actors and an amazing tension built throughout, Hitchcock succeeds once again at creating a film that is both smart and eerie withouth ever crossing the line either way.

Fantastic Hitchcock film!

This is a must-see for any suspense movie or Hitchcock fan. I found out about this after watching "Rope" (also starring Farley Granger and Jimmy Stewart). This movie keeps you on the edge of your seat til the very end. It also features Hitchock's real-life daughter, Patricia Hitchcock.

A Classic By the Master of Suspense

The way the tension, awkwardness, and strangeness are built up is absolutely masterful.

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  • Genre: Thriller
  • Released: 1951

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