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From its cleverly choreographed opening sequence to its heart-stopping climax on a rampant carousel, this 1951 Hitchcock classic readily earns its reputation as one of the director's finest examples of timeless cinematic suspense. It's not just a ripping-good thriller but a film student's delight and a perversely enjoyable battle of wits between tennis pro Guy (Farley Granger) and his mysterious, sycophantic admirer, Bruno (Robert Walker), who proposes a "criss-cross" scheme of traded murders. Bruno agrees to kill Guy's unfaithful wife, in return for which Guy will (or so it seems) kill Bruno's spiteful father. With an emphasis on narrative and visual strategy, Hitchcock controls the escalating tension with a master's flair for cinematic design, and the plot (coscripted by Raymond Chandler) is so tightly constructed that you'll be white-knuckled even after multiple viewings. Strangers on a Train remains one of Hitchcock's crowning achievements and a suspenseful classic that never loses its capacity to thrill and delight. --Jeff Shannon
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CastLeo G. Carroll, Ruth Roman, Robert Walker, Farley Granger
DirectorAlfred Hitchcock
Release Date:  June 30, 1951
MPAA Rating:  PG
DVD Release Date:  September 7, 2004
Runtime:  101 minutes
Studio:  Warner Brothers
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Quick Tip by . April 24, 2010
posted in Screen Gems
My absolute favorite Hitchcock film and the most psychologically compelling too. Features a great ending with a fight on a sped-up carousel!
Quick Tip by . February 12, 2010
Bruno suggests to Guy that they switch murders. Guy laughs it off, but when Bruno strangles Guy's wife, all bets are off! Great film noir!
review by . October 24, 2000
Pros: Great plot; Wonderful characters; Robert Walker is AMAZING; excellent script     Cons: Don't watch it alone!     I have never been so creeped out by a character in a film in my life. Perhaps that's because I am not a huge fan of horror or suspense films. In watching one Hitchcock film a week in my Hitchcock class at UAA, I have been exposed to a little more of that type of genre. Uncle Charlie in Shadow of a Doubt freaked me out. Mrs. Danvers in Rebecca …
review by . October 24, 2000
Pros: Great plot; Wonderful characters; Robert Walker is AMAZING; excellent script     Cons: Don't watch it alone!     I have never been so creeped out by a character in a film in my life. Perhaps that's because I am not a huge fan of horror or suspense films. In watching one Hitchcock film a week in my Hitchcock class at UAA, I have been exposed to a little more of that type of genre. Uncle Charlie in Shadow of a Doubt freaked me out. Mrs. Danvers in Rebecca …
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