Strangers on a Train (1951)



Critic Consensus: A provocative premise and inventive set design lights the way for Hitchcock diabolically entertaining masterpiece.

Movie Info

In one of Alfred Hitchcock's suspense classics, tennis pro Guy Haines (Farley Granger) chances to meet wealthy wastrel Bruno Anthony (Robert Walker) on a train. Having read all about Guy, Bruno is aware that the tennis player is trapped in an unhappy marriage to to wife Miriam (Laura Elliott) and has been seen in the company of senator's daughter Ann Morton (Ruth Roman). Baiting Guy, Bruno reveals that he feels trapped by his hated father (Jonathan Hale). As Guy listens with detached amusement, … More

Rating: PG (not rated)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Raymond Chandler, Czenzi Ormonde, Whitfield Cook
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 27, 1997
Warner Home Video


as Guy Haines

as Bruno Antony

as Anne Morton

as Sen. Morton

as Barbara Morton

as Mrs. Antony

as Miriam Joyce Haines

as Mr. Antony

as Capt. Turley

as Mrs. Cunningham

as Hammond

as Prof. Collins

as Hennessey

as Baggage Man

as Mr. Hargreaves

as Concessionaire

as Mrs. Joyce

as Minister

as Miriam's Boyfriend

as Miriam's Boyfriend

as Boatman

as Blind Man

as Policeman

as Policeman

as Sgt. Campbell

as Mons. Darville

as Mme. Darville

as Judge Dolan

as Dowager

as Mrs. Anderson

as Seedy Man

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as Miriam Haines

as Blind Man
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Critic Reviews for Strangers on a Train

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (6)

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.

Full Review… | August 30, 2009
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Perhaps Strangers on a Train still hasn't yielded all its secrets.

Full Review… | February 4, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Hitchcock erects a web of guilt around Granger, who 'agreed' to his wife's murder, a murder that suits him very well, and structures his film around a series of set pieces, ending with a paroxysm of violence on a circus carousel.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Hitchcock was above all the master of great visual set pieces, and there are several famous sequences in Strangers on a Train.

Full Review… | January 15, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Rousing thriller with creative fairground scenes and much about technology.

Full Review… | August 2, 2013
Classic Film and Television

With typical consummate verve, Hitch unfolds a story filled with twists, turns and dramatic contrasts.

Full Review… | April 30, 2013
Total Film

Audience Reviews for Strangers on a Train

A chance meeting between two strangers leads to a proposition that they "trade murders."
This is a fantastic thriller. The master of suspense unravels a compelling tale of a psychopath manipulating an average Joe into a complex murder plot. The one complaint I had with the film is that the characters are too black and white. There's never a chance that the "good guy" will yield to the "bad guy's" intentions, which would represent of a blurring of the "good" and "evil" lines and make for a more interesting character study.
Overall, with Hitch's incredible eye for glittering set pieces, human psychology, and gripping suspense, this is one of the best suspense films of all time.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Pretty good film, but Hitchcock's done more exciting ones.

Christian C

Super Reviewer


A bonafide suspense classic concerning an up-and-coming tennis player (Farley Granger) who meets a psychopath (Robert Walker) on a train by chance, and how the troubled man thinks he strikes a deal with the athlete on him murdering his girlfriend if he murders his father. Only, that's not the case at all. Another successful Hitchcock noir isn't as good as some of his best work ("Rear Window" to name one), but it is still a really skillfully done movie that goes by fast and has one of the more exciting conclusions to a Hitchcock film that I have seen. It does have a few holes story wise, but the performances from Granger and Walker alone make this worthy of a view, and it is not hard to fall in love with how Hitchcock shoots his films, as well as the music he selects to raise the hair on the back of your neck at the precise, appropriate time.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

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