Strangers On A Train (1951) DVD


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 [show more]

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17 April 2019
Warner Home Video 
96 minutes 
Black & White, Dubbed, PAL 
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. Two strangers, making idle chitchat on a train, agree that “some people are better off dead”, and hypothetically speculate that if they swapped murders, they could commit the perfect, motiveless crime. Only later does one of the men realise that the other was serious about his murderous intentions… This first-class thriller from Alfred Hitchcock, the 'Master of Suspense', is based on a Patricia Highsmith novel and was co-scripted by Raymond Chandler. Robert Burks received an Oscar nomination for his memorable cinematography. This classic film was later remade as Once You Kiss A Stranger and was inspiration for Throw Momma From The Train.

Alfred Hitchcock directs this classic crime thriller based on Patricia Highsmith's novel. Charming tennis star Guy Haines (Farley Granger) and Bruno Antony (Robert Walker) meet by chance in a train carriage. After some idle chat in which it transpires that each man has someone in their lives they would like to dispose of, Bruno proposes that he kills Guy's wife, in return for Guy murdering Bruno's father. Guy is appalled, but when his wife is murdered he realises that Bruno is intent on carrying out the 'deal', whether Guy wants to or not...

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