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Strangers on a Train [Special Edition] [2 Discs] [DVD] [1951]

SKU:6813111
Release Date:09/07/2004
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In one of Alfred Hitchcock's suspense classics, tennis pro Guy Haines (Farley Granger) chances to meet wealthy wastrel Bruno Anthony (Robert Walker) on a train. Having read all about Guy, Bruno is aware that the tennis player is trapped in an unhappy marriage to to wife Miriam (Laura Elliott) and has been seen in the company of senator's daughter Ann Morton (Ruth Roman). Baiting Guy, Bruno reveals that he feels trapped by his hated father (Jonathan Hale). As Guy listens with detached amusement, Bruno discusses the theory of "exchange murders." Suppose that Bruno were to murder Guy's wife, and Guy in exchange were to kill Bruno's father? With no known link between the two men, the police would be none the wiser, would they? When he reaches his destination, Guy bids goodbye to Bruno, thinking nothing more of the affable but rather curious young man's homicidal theories. And then, Guy's wife turns up strangled to death. Co-adapted by Raymond Chandler from a novel by Patricia Highsmith, Strangers on a Train perfectly exemplifies Hitchcock's favorite theme of the evil that lurks just below the surface of everyday life and ordinary men.
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (6 out of 6)

    Special Features


    • 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 (for the film): English, Français & Español
    • Preview version uncovered in 1991 and theatrically issued in 1996
    • New making-of documentary "Strangers on a Train: A Hitchcock Classic," with Farley Granger, Pat Hitchcock O'Connell, film historian Richard Schickel, and other Hitchcock family members, colleagues, and aficionados recalling the making of a suspense landmark
    • Three intriguing featurettes: "The Hitchcocks on Hitch," "Strangers on a Train: The Victim's P.O.V." and "Strangers on a Train: An Appreciation by M. Night Shyamalan"
    • "Alfred Hitchcock's Historical Meeting" vintage newsreel
    • Subtitles (for extras): English, Français, & Español
    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    Strangers on a Train
    In one of Alfred Hitchcock's suspense classics, tennis pro Guy Haines (Farley Granger) chances to meet wealthy wastrel Bruno Anthony (Robert Walker) on a train. Having read all about Guy, Bruno is aware that the tennis player is trapped in an unhappy marriage to to wife Miriam (Laura Elliott) and has been seen in the company of senator's daughter Ann Morton (Ruth Roman). Baiting Guy, Bruno reveals that he feels trapped by his hated father (Jonathan Hale). As Guy listens with detached amusement, Bruno discusses the theory of "exchange murders." Suppose that Bruno were to murder Guy's wife, and Guy in exchange were to kill Bruno's father? With no known link between the two men, the police would be none the wiser, would they? When he reaches his destination, Guy bids goodbye to Bruno, thinking nothing more of the affable but rather curious young man's homicidal theories. And then, Guy's wife turns up strangled to death. Co-adapted by Raymond Chandler from a novel by Patricia Highsmith, Strangers on a Train perfectly exemplifies Hitchcock's favorite theme of the evil that lurks just below the surface of everyday life and ordinary men. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Farley Granger
      Farley Granger - Guy Haines
    • Ruth Roman
      Ruth Roman - Ann Morton
    • Leo G. Carroll
      Leo G. Carroll - Senator Morton
    • Patricia Hitchcock
      Patricia Hitchcock - Barbara Morton
    • Marion Lorne
      Marion Lorne - Mrs. Anthony




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