Strangers on A Train

Strangers on A Train

DVD - 2004
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Guy Haines, a tennis star who hates his wife, is approached on a train by a stranger, Bruno Anthony, who hates his father. Anthony offers a plan: each could kill the other's victim. No motive, no clue would link the two murders save the casual meeting of strangers on a train.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, c2004.
Edition: Final release version, preview version, two-disc special edition, standard version
ISBN: 9780790789989
0790789981
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE SUSPENSE
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (204 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Hitchcock, Alfred 1899-1980-

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JuanAntonioSamaraj
Nov 27, 2017

One of the best by Hitchcock. The ending is a bit comedic and ridiculous, but so many things are well done. My favorite character is the one played by Hitchcock's daughter.

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BiGirl
Oct 12, 2017

Favorite Hitchcock besides Vertigo, wonderful cast of quirky characters and a level of intrigue that's rare in today's films. Fasinating take on moral dilemmas.

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akirakato
Nov 29, 2016

This is a 1951 American crime thriller produced and directed by Alfred Hitchcock, based on the 1950 novel of the same name by Patricia Highsmith.
The story concerns two strangers who meet on a train, a young tennis player and a charming psychopath.
Robert Walker plays nicely as an out-of-mind psychopath.
Fast-paced, exciting, and woven with wicked style, this is one of Hitchcock's most efficient and edge-at-your-seat thrillers.

NewYorkViews Apr 27, 2015

Classic, excellent crime thriller with suspense, action, and a great ending.

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ktallent
Jan 05, 2015

One of Hitch's finest. This movie is all shadow & menace and features Robert Walker is one of the creepiest film characters ever. But he doesn't steal the show. Farley Granger is great as the perpetually confused and angry "duped man." And pleae don't overlook the unknown Kasey Roger as Granger's horrible adulterous and conniving wife. The scene that precedes her murder, where she and Walker flirt shamelessly is one of Hitch's finest.

Oh, and the carousel scene! Classic. Classic Classic.

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Nursebob
Dec 19, 2014

Classic Hitchcock! While en route to his home in Connecticut, tennis star Guy Haines is approached by a fellow train passenger, a very persistent man who seems to know more about him than he’d like. Aware of Guy’s extremely messy divorce proceedings as well as his budding romance with a senator’s daughter, Bruno Antony makes him a most murderous offer; he’ll kill Guy’s two-timing shrew of a wife if Guy will kill Bruno’s wealthy overbearing father. After all, reasons Bruno, having each murder carried out by a total stranger while the only person with a real motive is conveniently somewhere else is foolproof. Dismissing his would-be conspirator as a simple flake Guy gets off at his stop and forgets the whole thing unaware that Bruno has already taken steps to fulfill his part of the “bargain”. With the increasingly psychotic Bruno dogging him like a guilty conscience, the police eyeing him suspiciously and his new girlfriend not knowing what to think, it isn’t long before Guy’s world begins to close in on him. Hitchcock pulls out all the stops in this over-the-top noir romp; from the giddy camerawork rife with shadowy faces to the wonderfully theatrical performances, most notably Robert Walker’s intense turn as the low-keyed psychopath. A carnival stalking provides some creepy chills while the film’s whirling finale is enough to make you swear off merry-go-rounds for life. They really can’t make ‘em like this anymore. I miss you Alfred!

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garycornell
Jun 26, 2014

Alfred Hitchcock makes another masterpiece and again without major stars in the movie. "Stranger on a Train" stars Robert Walker and Farley Granger, which all but forgotten now. Actually this is the best performance that Robert Walker ever made on film. He died a young man unfortunately, so we don't know what he might have gone on to do. Most Robert Walker movies I can thoroughly recommend and KCLS has all his major films. You won't forget Robert Walker or "Closely Watched Trains" for some time. As a Five Star Classic by just about all KCLS commenters, you can't miss with this classic film!

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noluckboston
May 24, 2014

This was slow at first, but it does pick up steam. No pun intended. I loved the finally with the fight on the carrousel. Look for the little boy getting into it. Classic Hitchcock for adding that part in. A lovely film for a slow afternoon.

voisjoe1 Dec 09, 2012

This is one of the best of Alfred Hitchcock’s career. Robert Walker plays an incredibly evil man who entraps the naïve Farley Granger into a murder plot. You would think that with this kind of acting ability, he would have a great acting career in front of him. Unfortunately he died at age 32 from a combination of medication and alcohol while making his hext picture (they had to fudge some of the scenes to complete the picture). Look for the nifty scene where the action is shown from the reflection of a pair of sunglasses in the grass.

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ingridmarg
Dec 08, 2012

returned to Point Roberts library on 12/8/2012

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Monolith
Aug 14, 2012

Bruno Anthony: "Oh, I certainly admire people who DO things."

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Monolith
Aug 14, 2012

Bruno Anthony: "I have a theory that you should do everything before you die."

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Monolith
Aug 14, 2012

Bruno Anthony (to Senator Morton): "How do you do, sir? I, uh, I'd like to talk with you sometime, sir, and tell you about my idea for harnessing a life force... It'll make atomic power look like - the horse and buggy. I'm already developing my faculty for seeing MILLIONS of miles. And Senator, can you imagine being able to smell a flower - on the planet Mars? I'd like to, uh, have lunch with you someday soon, sir. Tell you more about it." (he bids farewell to a dumbfounded Senator)

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Monolith
Aug 14, 2012

Bruno Anthony: "Don't worry, I'm not going to shoot you, Mr. Haines. It might disturb Mother."

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May 24, 2014

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