Strangers on a Train
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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 in an unhappy marriage to to wife Miriam (Laura Elliott) and has been seen in the company of senator's daughter Ann Morton (Ruth Roman). Baiting Guy, Bruno reveals that he feels trapped by his hated father (Jonathan Hale). As Guy listens with detached amusement, Bruno discusses the theory of "exchange murders." Suppose that Bruno were to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Hitchcock was above all the master of great visual set pieces, and there are several famous sequences in Strangers on a Train."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Rousing thriller with creative fairground scenes and much about technology."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"Classic nail-biter is a must for thriller fans."
‑ Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media
"Hitchcock's handling of the suspense is deadly effective and a quality cast breathe life into some delicious dialogue."
‑ , Film4
"Perhaps Strangers on a Train still hasn't yielded all its secrets."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"With typical consummate verve, Hitch unfolds a story filled with twists, turns and dramatic contrasts."
‑ , Total Film
"the work most necessary for a deeper appreciation of Hitchcock's late masterpieces."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"The prototypical Hitchcock thrill ride."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"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."
‑ , Time Out
"...his basic premise of fear fired by menace is so thin and so utterly unconvincing that the story just does not stand."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Even more marvelous after a second viewing"
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"Alfred Hitchcock's "Strangers on a Train" is about weakness crisscrossing with evil, with evil pushing hard for the upper hand. Nobody comes away unscathed."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
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