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Strangers on a Train [1951 film] (1951)

by Alfred Hitchcock (Director), Raymond Chandler (Screenplay), Czenzi Ormonde (Screenplay)

Other authors: Farley Granger, Patricia Highsmith (Original novel), Ruth Roman, Robert Walker

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A crazy person murders a stranger's wife as a favor, and expects a murder in return.

Suspenseful. The ending is a bit disappointing; it turns into an action movie about 10 minutes from the end, which makes an exciting and memorable scene but it's not what the story needed. ( )
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Hitchcock’s bizarre, malicious comedy, in which the late Robert Walker brought sportive originality to the role of the chilling wit, dear degenerate Bruno; it’s intensely enjoyable—in some ways the best of Hitchcock’s American films. The murder plot is so universally practical that any man may adapt it to his needs: Bruno perceives that though he cannot murder his father with impunity, someone else could; when he meets the unhappily married tennis player Guy (Farley Granger), he murders Guy’s wife for him and expects Guy to return the favor. Technically, the climax of the film is the celebrated runaway merry-go-round, but the high point of excitement and amusement is Bruno trying to recover his cigarette lighter while Guy plays a fantastically nerve-racking tennis match. Even this high point isn’t what we remember best—which is Robert Walker. It isn’t often that people think about a performance in a Hitchcock movie; usually what we recall are bits of “business” —the stump finger in The 39 Steps, the windmill turning the wrong way in Foreign Correspondent, etc. But Walker’s performance is what gives this movie much of its character and its peculiar charm.
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Hitchcock, AlfredDirectorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chandler, RaymondScreenplaymain authorall editionsconfirmed
Ormonde, CzenziScreenplaymain authorall editionsconfirmed
Granger, Farleysecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Highsmith, PatriciaOriginal novelsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Roman, Ruthsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Walker, Robertsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Carroll, Leo G.secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cook, Whitfieldsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tiomkin, Dimitrisecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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. --Jeff Shannon

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A tennis star (Guy) is harassed on a train by a psychotic (Bruno)who wants to swap murders and who proceeds to carry out his part of the unconfirmed bargain. The British version amplifies Bruno's flamboyance, his homoerotic attraction to Guy, and his psychotic personality.… (more)

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