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: July 3, 1951
DVD 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.

Hollywood Reporter

Strangers on a Train is an admirable demonstration of Alfred Hitchcock's virtuosity in the area of suspense dramas.

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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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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Rousing thriller with creative fairground scenes and much about technology.

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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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Total Film

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

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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

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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Emanuel Levy

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: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
An overrated thriller that does have a gorgeous cinematography and an intriguing premise but whose development has its share of unnecessary narrative flaws and… 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
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