Strangers on a Train
Strangers on a Train (1951)

In one of Alfred Hitchcock's suspense classics, tennis pro Guy Haines (Farley Granger) chances to meet wealthy wastrel Bruno Anthony (Robert Walker) on a train. Having read all about Guy, Bruno is aware that the tennis player is trapped… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 27, 1997
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A provocative premise and inventive set design lights the way for Hitchcock diabolically entertaining masterpiece.

TIME Magazine

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Hitchcock was above all the master of great visual set pieces, and there are several famous sequences in Strangers on a Train.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Rousing thriller with creative fairground scenes and much about technology.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Perhaps Strangers on a Train still hasn't yielded all its secrets.

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Variety Staff
Variety

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.

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Total Film

With typical consummate verve, Hitch unfolds a story filled with twists, turns and dramatic contrasts.

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Time Out

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.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

...his basic premise of fear fired by menace is so thin and so utterly unconvincing that the story just does not stand.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A chance meeting between two strangers leads to a proposition that they "trade murders." This is a fantastic thriller. The master of suspense… More
Chris Weber
I figured this would be good, given that it's Hitchcock, but I didn't expect it to be quite *this* stellar. This is an absolutely outstanding, tense,… More
Christian C
Pretty good film, but Hitchcock's done more exciting ones.
Clintus Maximus
Alfred Hitchcock loved to plunge ordinary people into extraordinary situations culminating in feverish life or death climaxes, and Strangers On A Train is one… More
Dan Schultz
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… More
Apeneck Fletcher
Everyone has someone they want dead. From this casual statement of a very secret everyman wish comes a suspenseful amusement park ride, a descent into madness… More