1951 Classic thriller
• US • BW • 96mins •
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- Farley Granger Guy Haines
- Ruth Roman Anne Morton
- Robert Walker Bruno Antony
- Leo G Carroll Senator Morton
- Patricia Hitchcock Barbara Morton
- Laura Elliot Miriam
- Marion Lorne Mrs Antony
- Jonathan Hale Mr Antony
- Howard St John Captain Turley
- John Brown Professor Collins
Raymond Chandler, Czenzi Ormonde, Whitfield Cook, from the novel by Patricia Highsmith
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[ s t r a n g e r s o n a t r a i n : m o v i e r e v i e w ]
This film had one of the most unpromising starts of all of Hitchcock's projects. After nearly a dozen writers had turned down the chance to adapt Patricia Highsmith's novel, Raymond Chandler stepped into the breach, only to disagree with Hitch on several key scenes and suffer the ignominy of having his dialogue polished by Czenzi Ormonde, a staff writer. Hitchcock was also underwhelmed by Farley Granger in a role he felt cried out for William Holden.
But Hitch still created a gripping, palm-sweating piece of suspense.
Story offers a fresh situation for murder. Two strangers meet on a train. One is Granger, seperated from his slut wife (Laura Elliott) and in love with Ruth Roman. The other is Robert Walker, a neurotic playboy who hates his rich father. Walker proposes that he will kill Elliott if Granger will do away with the father. Granger treats the proposal as a bad joke but Walker is serious.
Latter stalks down Elliott in an amusement park and strangles her. He then starts chasing Granger to make him fulfill the other end of the bargain.
Performance-wise, the cast comes through strongly. Granger is excellent as the harassed young man innocently involved in murder. Hitch's misgivings about him were misplaced. Roman's role of a nice, understanding girl is a switch for her, and she makes it warmly effective. Walker's role has extreme colour, and he projects it deftly. He is a nutter you wouldn't want to meet anywhere! Elliott stands out briefly as the victim, and Patricia Hitchcock (the director's daughter) also registers.
- 1951: Nomination: Best B&W Cinematography
Strangers on a Train
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Two-Disc Special Edition with 2 Versions of the Movie! 
- Actors: Farley Granger, Ruth Roman, Robert Walker, Leo G. Carroll, Laura Elliot
- Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
- Format: Box set, Black & White, PAL, Special Edition
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (UK & Europe)
- Number of discs: 2
- Classification: PG
- Studio: Warner Home Video
- DVD Release Date: 1 Nov 2004
- Run Time: 96 minutes
Main Language: English
Commentary by Peter Bogdanovich, Joseph Stefano, Andrew Wilson and more
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