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Strangers on a Train
ID:
1951
Comments:
Director: Alfred Hitchcock, Laurent Bouzereau
Screenplay: Laurent Bouzereau, Ben Hecht, Czenzi Ormonde, Patricia Highsmith, Raymond Chandler, Whitfield Cook
Producer:
Cast: Farley Granger, Robert Walker, Kasey Rogers, Tommy Farrell, Roland Morris
Genre: Drama

Running Time: 101
Aspect Ratio:  1.33:1 (NTSC )
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Features: Black and White, Special Edition
Studio:  Warner Home Video DVD Region:  1 PG
DVD Release:  Sep 2004 Discs:  2 (DVD) [$26.98]
Purchase: 
Reviews:  From its cleverly choreographed opening sequence to its heart-stopping climax on a rampant carousel, this 1951 Hitchcock classic readily earns its reputation as one of the director's finest examples of timeless cinematic suspense. It's not just a ripping-good thriller but a film student's delight and a perversely enjoyable battle of wits between tennis pro Guy (Farley Granger) and his mysterious, sycophantic admirer, Bruno (Robert Walker), who proposes a "criss-cross" scheme of traded murders. Bruno agrees to kill Guy's unfaithful wife, in return for which Guy will (or so it seems) kill Bruno's spiteful father. With an emphasis on narrative and visual strategy, Hitchcock controls the escalating tension with a master's flair for cinematic design, and the plot (coscripted by Raymond Chandler) is so tightly constructed that you'll be white-knuckled even after multiple viewings. "Strangers on a Train" remains one of Hitchcock's crowning achievements and a suspenseful classic that never loses its capacity to thrill and delight. "--Jeff Shannon"


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