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4,145 Ratings

Strangers on a Train

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
United States, 1951
Crime, Film noir, Thriller


A pro tennis star is enraged by his trampy wife’s refusal to finalize their divorce so he can wed the senator’s daughter. He strikes up a conversation with a stranger on a train and unwittingly sets in motion a deadly chain of events.

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Strangers on a Train Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1952 | Nominee: Best Cinematography, Black-and-White

National Board of Review

1951 | Winner: Top Ten Films

Directors Guild of America

1952 | Nominee: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

Critics reviews

Strangers on a Train is the first Hitchcock film that fully, equally merges text and subtext in a fashion that will largely characterize the remainder of the filmmaker’s career.
October 16, 2012
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The film is ingeniously structured like an obsessive, inescapable nightmare – with uncanny repetitions of events, ghostly echoes of small details, and an ambiguous, implicitly homoerotic emotional transference between the central characters.
January 01, 1993
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From German Expressionism, Hitchcock consciously retains a certain stylization of attitude, emotions being the result of a persistent purpose rather than of impetuous passion: it is through his actions that the actor finally becomes simply the instrument of action, and that only this action is natural; space is the impulse of a desire, and time its effort towards accomplishment.
March 01, 1952

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