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Strangers on a Train (1951)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Sep 3, 1997
 R2: 9 Apr 2001

Budget $1,200,000

MPAA Rating
Rated PG for some violence and tension.

Running Time
1 hour, 41 minutes

Country USA

Production Companies
Warner Bros.

Studio Warner Brothers

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• Strangers on a Train (1951)
• Der Fremde im Zug (1952)

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Genre: Crime, Thriller, Film-Noir, Drama, Murder, Suspense, Psychodrama, Sports, Psychos, Black Comedy, Gay/Lesbian, Police

Tagline: A girl in love with young America's idol--and a good-looking stranger in search of sensation--that's how it all began..! Warner Bros. bring a pounding new tempo to motion picture entertainment!

Plot: STRANGERS ON A TRAIN, based on the Patricia Highsmith novel, quickly became one of Alfred Hitchcock's most successful thrillers and remains one of his most popular films. En route from Washington, D.C., champion tennis player Guy Haines (Farley Granger) meets pushy playboy Bruno Anthony (Robert Walker). What begins as a chance encounter turns into a series of morbid confrontations, as Bruno manipulates his way into Guy's life. Bruno is eager to kill his father and knows Guy wants to marry a senator's daughter (Ruth Roman) but cannot get a divorce from his wife, Miriam (Laura Elliot). So Bruno suggests the men swap murders, which would leave no traceable clues or possible motives. Though Guy refuses, it will not be so easy to rid himself of the psychopathic Bruno. The film is tightly paced and disturbing from beginning to end, an effect heightened by Hitchcock's inventive camera work, including a terrifying sequence shot through a pair of eyeglasses that have been knocked to the ground.

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 Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock
Psycho, Rear Window, North by Northwest
 Written by
Patricia Highsmith
The Talented Mr. Ripley, Ripley's Game, The American Friend
Whitfield Cook
Once You Meet a Stranger, Climax!
Farley Granger
Rope, The Celluloid Closet, My Name Is Trinity
Ruth Roman
A Night in Casablanca, The Far Country, Champion
Robert Walker
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, Since You Went Away, The Clock
Leo G. Carroll
North by Northwest, Rebecca, Spellbound
Patricia Hitchcock
Psycho, Stage Fright, Hitchcock: Shadow of a Genius
Kasey Rogers
Samson and Delilah
Marion Lorne
The Graduate
 Music By
Dimitri Tiomkin
It's a Wonderful Life, High Noon, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington



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