Strangers on a Train
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Strangers On A Train (BD)
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. Now look at how Alfred Hitchcock reinforces the duality of human nature. The more you watch, the more you'll see. "Isn't it a fascinating design?" the Master of Suspense often asked. Actually, it's doubly fascinating. Final Release Version with Commentary by Director Peter Bogdanovich, Psycho Screenwriter Joseph Stefano, Patricia Highsmith Biographer Andrew Wilson and Several Hitchcock Colleagues, Aficionados and Family Members, Plus the Suspense Master Himself in an Interview Excerpt. • Theatrical Trailer • Languages: English & Français • Subtitles: English, Français & Español]]>
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Seems Bruno knows a good bit about Guys woes with his wife wanting to dump him for another beau and his new attraction to another woman. Bruno too has his dismay with his demanding father. He puts out a suggestion that they swap murders so neither one of them look suspicious because there would be no motive for them wanting to kill a perfect stranger they did not know. Guy thinks Bruno is not serious and dismisses him thinking he will never see him again after the little train ride. But he is wrong. He does visit and trail the wife around and strangles her in a park. He then comes to Guy expecting him to oblige him with the murder of his father. Guy thinks he is insane and tries to get him out of his life, but Bruno is sticking to his wishes and begans to approach the people he knows showing up in uninvited places to put pressure on Guy. Bruno, Robert Walker, is especially memorable as a psychopath who doesn't understand why annoying people shouldn't be murdered. There is also a great merry-go-round crash scene.
I have a good collection of old movies and shows and this one is good enough to sit and watch with my dad. I don't have to worry of language and that is a plus for me.
Alfred Hitchcock directs this tight thriller about two strangers who meet on a train, one an up and coming tennis player (Farley Granger as Guy Hanes) with well publicized marital problems, the other a seemingly eccentric young man called Bruno Antony (Robert Walker). Bruno is an idle gentleman with a great deal of time on his hands and a lot of odd ideas, like driving at night without his headlights at high speeds, and smelling flowers on Mars. He poses one such idea to Guy - two men who each have someone they want to kill swap murders to avoid the sticky trap of their own motives.
`You like my idea, Guy? I mean, you're alright with it?'
`Sure, sure, Bruno,' says Guy, desperate to move to another part of the train, `they're ALL swell.'
But of course, Bruno takes him literally.
What follows is a suspence/thriller classic, as Guy must not only prove his own innocence, but avoid the entrapment of the spurned Bruno, who is out to pin him with the murder of his wife.
Fantastic thriller with a great climax and who knew a tennis game could be so suspenceful? Only in the master's hands, I guess. The real standout is Robert Walker as Bruno Antony, one of the most insidious villains ever to creep across the silver screen - check out that scene with young Babs and Mrs. Cunningham at the party (`Now when I nod my head, you just try and cry out. I betcha can't....')! Chilling stuff.
And yes, that's Hitchcock's daughter in the role of Babs (and she's great). Funny story is that her father never once mentioned he was filming `Strangers,' but went through proper channels (her agent) and had her audition like a regular actress for the part!