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A provocative premise and inventive set design lights the way for Hitchcock diabolically entertaining masterpiece.
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The upshot is a perfect Alfred Hitchcock thriller...with a ingenious plot taken from a Patricia Highsmith novel and a memorably seductive villain.
Strangers on a Train is an admirable demonstration of Alfred Hitchcock's virtuosity in the area of suspense dramas.
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.
Perhaps Strangers on a Train still hasn't yielded all its secrets.
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.
Hitchcock was above all the master of great visual set pieces, and there are several famous sequences in Strangers on a Train.
...one of the most effectively suspenseful films of Hitchcock's career.
"Is there even a more ideal place to hatch a murder, than a train? Easily one of my favorite Hitch flicks!"
Rousing thriller with creative fairground scenes and much about technology.
With typical consummate verve, Hitch unfolds a story filled with twists, turns and dramatic contrasts.
Arguably one of Hitchcock's masterpieces, this intrguing film deals with all the autuer's issues, including the double motif, moral ambiguity, fine line between hero and villain.
Classic nail-biter is a must for thriller fans.
An overrated thriller that does have a gorgeous cinematography and an intriguing premise but whose development has its share of unnecessary narrative flaws and drags unforgivably, feeling bloated (and even tiresome) with scenes that are elongated for too long.
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.
Pretty good film, but Hitchcock's done more exciting ones.
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.
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