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Strangers on a Train: Special Edition (Dbl 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. Better still, the two-sided DVD edition of this enduring classic includes both the original version of the film and also the longer prerelease British print, which offers a more overt depiction of Bruno's flamboyant and dangerous personality, and his homoerotic attraction to Guy by way of his deviously indecent proposal. In accordance with the cautious censorship guidelines of the period, Hitchcock would later tame these elements of Walker's memorable performance by trimming and altering certain scenes, so the differences between the original and prerelease versions provide an illuminating illustration of censorship's effect on the story's thematic intensity. Beyond all the historical footnotes and film-buff fascination, 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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The acting is great. Pat Hitchcock has her greatest screen role in this one and does a good job. Along with Psycho, this is one of only two films in which Alfred's daughter had a part. The part she plays here is a supporting role that is more prominent than the one in Psycho where she plays Marion Cranes co-worker at the bank.Read more ›
Such a scenario is what drives "Strangers on a Train," one of Alfred Hitchcock's more oddball movies. The performance by Robert Walker as a fey, psychopathic man-child is absolutely stunning, and the creepy tension of the story is wonderfully unnerving. It's almost enough to make you not notice how weird the entire climax is.
Tennis star Guy Haines (Farley Granger) is heading back to his hometown to divorce his nasty wife Miriam (Laura Elliott), who is pregnant by another man. While on the train, he encounters a gushing fan named Bruno Anthony (Robert Walker) who has found out all about Guy's woes from the tabloids. He proposes "criss-cross" murders -- he'll murder Miriam, and Guy will murder his dad.
Guy thinks that Bruno is just a random weirdo... until Miriam is found strangled. Now Guy is the primary suspect in her murder, and he also has Bruno stalking him with demands that Guy kill his dad. Guy's girlfriend Anne (Ruth Roman) begins to figure out what is going on in her fiance's life, even as Guy struggles to find a way out of this mess without being implicated by Bruno.
Alfred Hitchcock had a special knack for coming up with "realistic" nightmares -- people unjustly accused of crimes, often trapped in a horrible situation that they can't really get free of. "Strangers on a Train" has that fun scenario, but adds the extra joy of a celebrity stalker who is trying to force the protagonist to commit murder.Read more ›
Since the beginning , (you know as well like me), that the champion tennis Guy (another Hitchcok's irony) Haines is not a model of virtue (The same occurs with another two films, like Grace Kelly in Dial M for Murder , and Janet Leigh in Psycho; both of them commit adultery and Leigh also is a thief) and Bruno who's just very clear about his human condition and seems not having problem with that (in a stunning performance of Robert Walker; maybe the best of his career) , like a devil's messenger , proposes an unusual arrangement: a criss cross murders.
Obviously, the villain materializes his part in the arrangement (giving his gentleman's word) (another thrown glow to audience from Hitchcock) , but our inmature Guy seems to get on the line with the ethics?, less by conviction than by fear (another Hitchcock's cynical rapture).
Watch this film. Since I did it (in 1972) I was sure this picture was among the five best of him and it made me glad to know that the well known video guide entitled Facets stated that Strangers for their criterion, was the best film of that year, evem above "From here to the eternity". A syncronization or a happy coincidence?
Remade as "Once you kiss a stranger" and clear inspiration for Danny de Vito in "Throw moma from the train".
Remember: the DVD contains two versions ; the american and the english; I'd rather the last one.
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Another Hitchcock classic that is a MUST see.
The acting is superb in this movie, particularly Robert Walker, a perfect bad-boy/psychopath and also Pat Hitchcock, who... Read more
This is one of my all-time favorite thrillers. The Hitchcock touch is always unique. The evil is so well disguised that it's almost imperceptible. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Guy Charlebois
This film is amazing. The DVD brings Hitchcock back to life as it shows "Strangers On A Train" to a new audience. Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2005 by Jaime
I recently purchased, yet , another copy of STRANGERS ON A TRAIN because the description of this edition read WIDESCREEN. Read morePublished on July 8 2004 by R. Gerlach
First I will say this is a classic film that doesn't contain one wasted minute. It's always been one of my favorites and have always shown it to friends as an introduction to these... Read morePublished on June 29 2004 by Paul Anthony Hagl
'Starngers on a Train' is yet another fantasic mystery from Alfred Hitchcock. Although I don't remember the storyline too much, I remember liking it enough to give it a four-star... Read morePublished on April 26 2004 by Dhaval Vyas
While this is a brilliant film, don't spend your money on this disc unless you absolutely have to have the film right now. Read morePublished on March 26 2004 by James Luckard
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