Strangers On A Train (1951)
Strange thing about this trip. So much occurs in pairs. Tennis star Guy (Farley Granger) hates his unfaithful wife. Mysterious Bruno (Robert Walker) hates his father. How perfect for a playful proposal: I'll kill yours, you kill mine.
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Fresh: Even more marvelous after a second viewing
- Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt, Thursday, June 24, 2010
"What is a life or two, Guy? Some people are better off dead. Well, like your wife and my father, for instance." It's the perfect murder. Two strangers meet, and each kill off the victim of the other. There's no motive linking the killer to the crime, so theoretically the police would never have a reason to suspect what actually happened. Of course, even the perfect plan can fail when one of the participants has no intention of actually going through with the crime, and the other is mentally disturbed. We've seen Hitchcock tackle "the perfect murder" before in Dial M for Murder, and it's no real surprise that both movies deal with the disastrous results of a crime that turns out to be not nearly so perfect. I also ended up liking both movies to about the same degree. Strangers on a Train does one thing extremely well, and that's suspense. It may be one of the most suspenseful Hitchcock movies that I've seen, and that's saying something. But unlike my favorite Hitchcock movies, it doesn't have much to offer beyond that near-constant tension. I didn't find the characters particularly interesting, and the story didn't do much for me. The merry-go-round scene at the end was incredibly impressive, but it probably will be quite a while before I revisit this one. With that said, an average Hitchcock movie is still worth seeing at least once.
- lewiskendell, Sunday, June 27, 2010
Another one of my favorite films from Hitchcock. The plot alone makes this movie perfect. It s so incredibly demented and genius at the same time that you can t help but watch and see how it plays out. It also has a nice little bit about being a celebrity, don t talk to odd men you don t know. Secretly, they could want you to kill their mother. Robert Walker also gave a career best and is still one of my favorite Hitchcock villains. I also loved Farley Granger because he had a really nice edge to him that most protagonists don t have. Another perfectly directed film that anyone can appreciate.
- ythelastman89, Thursday, April 29, 2010
Interesting premise poorly executed, Ridiculous unconvincing moments come one after another just to make the story progress or create excitement & thrills, for example Anne's sister's resembelance to Miriam & the way Anne suddenly becomes super-genius & discovers everything is hilariously ridiculous
- arashxak, Thursday, November 12, 2009