Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Strangers on a Train



1951 American Feature

Cast: Farley Granger, Ruth Roman, Robert Walker, Patricia Hitchcock, Laura Elliott, Marion Lorne, Jonathan Hale and Norma Varden
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Writer: Raymond Chandler and Czenzi Ormonde (screenplay), Whitfield Cook (adaptation) and Ben Hecht (uncredited), based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith

Synopsis:
A charming socialite meets a pro tennis player on a train and presents a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder... a theory that he plans to implement.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 8.1/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 98% / Audience: 93%
  • OMG rating: 9/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Books: Available



Trailer:


Awards:
  • Academy Award nomination for Best Black and White Cinematography.
  • Directors Guild of America nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Strangers on a Train, Patricia Highsmith's debut novel, was first published in 1950. The homoerotic subtext of the film was only hinted at in the original story.
  • Casting Call: William Holden.
  • Film debut of Marion Lorne, best known as the dithering Aunt Clara on the classic sitcom Bewitched.
  • In the British version of the film, Bruno flirts more obviously with Guy during their first meeting on the train.
  • Patricia Highsmith's novel has inspired several screen and stage adaptations, including the 1987 Billy Crystal/Danny DeVito comedy Throw Momma from the Train and the 1996 TV movie Once You Meet a Stranger, which switched the genders of the main characters.
  • In 2001, Strangers on a Train was ranked #32 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Thrills" list.
  • In 2015, it was announced that director David Fincher and writer Gillian Flynn are working on a remake, titled simply Strangers. It will reportedly be a "modern take" of the story.

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