Handpicked by you, members of The Frida Cinema, we present Alfred Hitchcock’s 1951 film adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s psychological crime thriller, Strangers on a Train.
While on a train, tennis star Guy Haines (Farley Granger), innocently engages in a conversation with fellow passenger Bruno Antony (Robert Walker), half-listening to his wild homicidal theory of getting away with the perfect crime of “exchange murders.” Each man would kill the other’s undesirable person, giving them both the freedom they desperately crave. And with each murder committed by a motiveless stranger to the victim, neither man would be suspected of the crime. However, Guy doesn’t take Bruno or his “bargain” seriously, but acts as though he’s interested, giving Bruno the illusion of an agreement. After Guy’s estranged wife is found murdered, he’s thrown into Bruno’s whirlwind of death, destruction, blackmail, and madness.
Listed by Parade Magazine as #6 in its, “10 Greatest films of Alfred Hitchcock,” Strangers on a Train is “…one of Hitchcock’s most stylish and perfectly paced thrill rides” and an “…edgy and morbid take on human nature.”
“Strangers on a Train is an admirable demonstration of Alfred Hitchcock’s virtuosity in the area of suspense dramas.” — THR Staff, The Hollywood Reporter
“Hitchcock was above all the master of great visual set pieces, and there are several famous sequences in Strangers on a Train.” — Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
“Classic nail-biter is a must for thriller fans.” — Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media