Strangers on a Train review
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 01/16/12
Thoroughly captivating from start to it's wonderful ending. One of the underrated films from The Master of Suspense. Bruno Anthony (Robert Walker) meets a tennis player named Guy Haines (Farley Granger) on a train. The two get close, Guy shares his father’s negative perception, got kicked out for drinking and gambling. Guy tries to talk civilly with Miriam about the divorce but quarrels in the process. He calls Anne Morton (Ruth Roman) to show his disgruntlement with the encounter. Bruno follows Miriam (Laura Elliott) in a carnival with 2 male friends. Collins meets Guy on a train during the murder. Barbara recalls her encounter with Bruno.
Clearly one of the directors best screenplays with a few wonderful quotes: Bruno – “I’ve got a theory; you should do everything before you die.” “Some people are better off dead.” “I certainly admire people who do things. People who do things are important. Me, I never seem to do anything.” Guy – “Maybe you read too much.” Sen. Morton - “let me remind you that even the most unworthy of us has the right to life and the pursuit of happiness. Technically exceptional utilizing shadows, flashbacks on Barbara’s glasses and reflection of the glass during some key scenes. The score plays a part in the storytelling which was also effective. Somewhat lengthy but tolerable since the director puts in a lot of details. Strangers on a Train is one of the director’s creations worthy of viewing, if only the pace were shorter and a better female lead were applied.