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Strangers on a Train

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Strangers on a Train

A chance encounter leads to a Faustian bargain in the beloved Hitchcock classic Strangers on a Train. Farley Granger stars as a tennis pro whose wife’s refusal to divorce him becomes an obsession for the unhinged socialite (Robert Walker) he meets while traveling. Granger unwittingly colludes with the psychotic interloper to murder Walker’s hated father in exchange for Walker’s “taking care” of his wife. What begins a hypothetical conversation grows dangerously real as Walker begins to stalk Granger and his wife, plans the deadly crime, and demands Granger do the same. Known for its memorable carnival sequence and coded gay themes, the screenplay was adapted from a Patricia Highsmith novel by Raymond Chandler.

“Ranked among Hitchcock’s best … and its appeal is probably the linking of an ingenious plot with insinuating creepiness.” – Roger Ebert

“Hitchcock’s handling of the suspense is deadly effective and a quality cast breathe life into some delicious dialogue.” – Film4

“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

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Director
Alfred Hitchcock
Starring
Farley Granger, Ruth Roman, Robert Walker, Leo G. Carroll, Patricia Hitchcock
Year
1951
Country
USA
Format
35mm
Running Time
101 minutes

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