Strangers on a Train

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Product Overview

A loner and a tennis star meet on a train and discuss exchanging murders, but soon fantasy becomes reality. Includes both U.K. And U.S. Endings.

Specifications

Studio Warner
SKU 40246973
UPC 085393197520
UPC 14 00085393197520
Format DVD
Release Date 11/8/2011
Rating NR
Keywords
Classic
Essential Cinema
Film Noir
Murder
Mystery
Psychodrama
Recommended
Suspense
Theatrical Release
Thriller
Editors Note
Note STRANGERS ON A TRAIN, based on the Patricia Highsmith novel, quickly became one of Alfred Hitchcock's most successful thrillers and remains one of his most popular films. En route from Washington, D.C., champion tennis player Guy Haines (Farley Granger) meets pushy playboy Bruno Anthony (Robert Walker). What begins as a chance encounter turns into a series of morbid confrontations, as Bruno manipulates his way into Guy's life. Bruno is eager to kill his father and knows Guy wants to marry a senator's daughter (Ruth Roman) but cannot get a divorce from his wife, Miriam (Laura Elliot). So Bruno suggests the men swap murders, which would leave no traceable clues or possible motives. Though Guy refuses, it will not be so easy to rid himself of the psychopathic Bruno. The film is tightly paced and disturbing from beginning to end, an effect heightened by Hitchcock's inventive camera work, including a terrifying sequence shot through a pair of eyeglasses that have been knocked to the ground.
Plot Summary
Summary This picture quickly became one of Alfred Hitchcock's most successful thrillers and remains one of his most popular films. Undoubtedly one of his finest films, STRANGERS ON A TRAIN transforms a highly improbable situation into a series of logical events that inexorably lead to murder. A psychopathic man plans what he thinks is an "exchange murder" with a stranger he meets on a train.
Reviews
Los Angeles Times "...STRANGERS ON A TRAIN remains a timeless treat, a marvelous display of Hitchcock's absolute mastery of his medium and a deliciously dark comedy as well..." 11/18/1996 p.F5
Total Film "...Walker is spine-chilling....With intense attention to detail and award-winning photography, this is Hitchcock at his best..." 10/01/2000 p.114
Chicago Sun-Times "[A] first-rate thriller with odd little kinks now and then. It proceeds, as Hitchcock's films so often do, with a sense of private scores being settled just out of sight." 12/21/2003 p.3
Premiere "STRANGERS is one of Hitch's best." 07/01/2004 p.116
USA Today "Alfred Hitchcock launched his richest period with this rousing adaptation..." 09/10/2004 p.6D
Directors
Alfred Hitchcock
Actors
Robert Walker
Farley Granger
Cast & Crew
Alfred Hitchcock - Director
Alfred Hitchcock - Producer
Dimitri Tiomkin - Musical Score
Farley Granger - Actor
Leo G. Carroll - Actor
Patricia Highsmith - Based On Novel By
Patricia Hitchcock - Actor
Raymond Chandler - Writer
Robert Burks - Cinematographer
Robert Walker - Actor
Ruth Roman - Actor
William Ziegler - Editor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1951
Catalog ID 31975
UPC 00085393197520
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 101 minutes
Color B&W
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Awards
Oscar (1952) Robert Burks, Nominee, Best Cinematography
Features
DVD, Special Edition
Product Attributes
Actor Granger,Farley
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Doug Pratt's Laserdisc Review ...a carnival of action, tension, and murder.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times The movie is usually ranked among Hitchcock's best...

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