Strangers on a Train

Strangers on a Train

Alfred Hitchcock (1951)

96min
A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This splendid thriller is testimony to Alfred Hitchcock's mastery of technique and his ability to transform even the most unpromising start into a gripping movie. After nearly a dozen writers had turned down the chance to adapt Patricia Highsmith's novel, Raymond Chandler stepped into the breach, only to disagree with Hitch on several key scenes and suffer the humiliation of having his dialogue polished by Czenzi Ormonde, a staff writer. Hitchcock was also underwhelmed by Farley Granger in a role he felt cried out for William Holden. Nevertheless, he turns the murderous proposal of eccentric playboy Robert Walker to tennis champ Granger into a true nail-biter, with the two fairground scenes outstanding. He did approve of one casting decision, however - his daughter Patricia plays Ruth Roman's suspicious sister.

Summary

A charming psychopath meets a tennis professional on a train and suggests that they each commit a murder on the other's behalf. However, when the deranged man goes through with his part of the deal, the sportsman faces a race against time to prove his innocence. Alfred Hitchcock's thriller, based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith, starring Robert Walker, Farley Granger and Ruth Roman.

Cast & Crew

Guy Haines Farley Granger
Anne Morton Ruth Roman
Bruno Antony Robert Walker
Senator Morton Leo G Carroll
Barbara Morton Patricia Hitchcock
Miriam Laura Elliot
Mrs Antony Marion Lorne
Mr Antony Jonathan Hale
Captain Turley Howard St John
Professor Collins John Brown (1)
Director Alfred Hitchcock
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Warner Bros Pictures LtdGuidance: Contains some violenceAvailable on: video and DVDReleased on: 13 Aug 1999
Drama