- Actors: Ruth Roman, Robert Walker, Leo G. Carroll, Patricia Hitchcock, Alfred Hitchcock, Farley Granger
- Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
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- Studio: Warner Bros.
- Run Time: 101.00 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 76 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00TNKDOL0
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #143,589 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
L'Inconnu du Nord-Express - Strangers on a Train (English/French) 1951 (Full Screen) Régie au Québec
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PISTE AUDIO EN FRANCAIS ( ENGLISH AND FRENCH LANGUAGE ) L'Inconnu du Nord-Express (Strangers on a Train) est un film américain réalisé par Alfred Hitchcock, sorti en 1951, inspiré en partie du roman de Patricia Highsmith.Dès sa première scène, très maîtrisée, jusqu'au célèbre dénouement autour d'un manège devenu fou, le film mérite sa réputation : être l'une des plus grandes réussites du maître du suspense. Non seulement il s'agit d'un bon thriller, mais c'est aussi un régal pour les cinéphiles. On prend un plaisir pervers à observer la lutte que se livrent le joueur de tennis professionnel, Guy (Farley Granger), et son admirateur mystérieux, Bruno (Robert Walker). Pour se conformer aux consignes de la censure de l'époque, Hitchcock a été obligé d'édulcorer certains aspects de la relation des deux hommes, en particulier les rapports de Bruno avec Guy. Ainsi, le montage fut modifié, notamment quelques scènes, pourtant riches, de l'interprétation inoubliable de Robert Walker. Par-delà les commentaires historiques et l'attrait qu'exerce ce film sur les cinéphiles, L'Inconnu du Nord-Express reste un des chefs-d'œuvre absolus de Hitchcock, et un classique du suspense toujours aussi efficace. --Jeff Shannon....FACE A : version américaine du film...( 101 MIN. ) FACE B : version britannique du film...( 103 MIN ) Bande-annonceAmateur tennis star Guy Haines (Farley Granger) wants to divorce his vulgar and promiscuous wife Miriam (Laura Elliott), so he can marry the elegant Anne Morton (Ruth Roman), the daughter of a senator, and hopefully have a career in politics.
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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.
As the plot coils around Guy, Hitchcock weaves his usual web of tightly-wound suspense (Bruno nearly strangles a society matron) and dry comedy (everything Barbara says). The creepiest part of the story about Bruno is that once Guy stupidly fails to go to the police, he becomes Bruno's prisoner. Bruno has him in his power, and he plans to use that power to get his way.
And then... there's the climax. It becomes incredibly weird when Guy gets to the amusement park, with a shoot-out on a spinning exploding carousel. I can only assume this entire climax was tongue-in-cheek, because it's a complete tonal shift from the rest of the movie.
Robert Walker -- who sadly died soon after filming this role -- is absolute perfection as Bruno. He's a fey, petulant little socialite who seems to have a psychopathic fixation on Guy, and his behavior indicates that he's also a sort of self-absorbed child-man who throws tantrums if he doesn't get his way. He certainly more than compensates for Roman and Granger, who are sort of bland and forgettable.
Also, Patricia Hitchcock is hilarious. Obviously she had this role because her dad was the director, but she is incredibly funny as a murder-obsessed, brutally-honest teenager ("From what I hear she pursued it in all directions").
"Strangers on a Train" has a really weird ending that doesn't match what comes before, but the great performance of Robert Walker and the brilliantly tense story make up for it.
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The acting is superb in this movie, particularly Robert Walker, a perfect bad-boy/psychopath and also Pat Hitchcock, who...Read more