Strangers on a Train (1951) 4.65/5 (2)


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Rating: The Good – 87.7
Genre: Thriller
Duration: 101 mins
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Farley Granger, Robert Walker, Ruth Roman

Hitchcock’s totally original tale of a “criss-cross” murder where one man proposes to take care of another man’s problematic wife if he’ll do the same with his meddlesome father has inspired generations of crime writers and involves some of the cleverest cinematic devices in the history of the medium. Farley Granger plays the tennis pro (what was it with Hitchcock and tennis pros?) Guy Haines, who unwittingly enters into the aforementioned pact with Robert Walker’s unusually charming yet quite mad Bruno Antony. Ruth Roman is given less to do compared to typical Hitchcockian female leads but what she is given she does well. Watch out also for the director’s daughter Patricia as her sister. Strangers on a Train is a cracking story brought to life with the precision timing and sumptuous innovation of a master film-maker. The result is a thriller of breathless tension and suspense and maybe even the defining movie of its genre.

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2 thoughts on “Strangers on a Train (1951)”

  1. Love this film! Good review, D! You hit the nail on the head when you described the film having such breathless tension. One of my favorite Hitchcock films. Good job!

    1. Thanks Vic, yes I think this is maybe Hitch’s best example of that type of film-making. From the tennis match all the way through to the carousal wreck, it’s nerve-wrecking stuff:)

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