Strangers on a Train (1951)
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as Guy Haines
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 Miriam Haines
as Prof. Collins
as Baggage Man
as Mr. Hargreaves
as Mrs. Joyce
as Miriam's Boyfriend
as Miriam's Boyfriend
as Blind Man
as Sgt. Campbell
as Mons. Darville
as Mme. Darville
as Judge Dolan
as Mrs. Anderson
as Seedy Man
as Man Under Merry-Go-Round
as Man Boarding Train With Bass Fiddle
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Critic Reviews for Strangers on a Train
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.
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.
Given a good basis for a thriller in the Patricia Highsmith novel and a first-rate script, Hitchcock embroiders the plot into a gripping, palm-sweating piece of suspense.
Audience Reviews for Strangers on a Train
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.
Strangers on a Train Quotes
|Bruno Anthony:||Guy, you're ruining everything.|
|Man:||He's the one. He's the one who killed her.|
|Ann Morton:||How did you get him to do it?|
|Guy Haines:||Oh skip it, Miriam. It's pretty late to start flirting with a discarded husband.|
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