Adapted from Patricia Highsmith's novel, Strangers on a Train takes as its central proposition the meeting and ensuing guilty association of two complete strangers, Granger and Walker. Walker buttonholes Granger, a star tennis player anxious to remarry but with a clinging wife, and initiates a hypnotic discussion of exchange murders. Walker then does 'his' murder (the wife), and threatens to incriminate Granger if he doesn't fulfil his half of the 'bargain' (Walker's father). Significantly, Hitchcock didn't use much of Raymond Chandler's original script, because Chandler was too concerned with the characters' motivation. In place of that, Hitchcock erects a web of guilt around Granger, who 'agreed' to his wife's murder, a murder that suits him very well, and structures his film around a series of set pieces, ending with a paroxysm of violence on a circus carousel, when the circle Granger is trapped within is literally blown to pieces, leaving Walker dead beneath it and Granger a free man again.
Strangers on a Train
Cast and crew
|Screenwriter:||Raymond Chandler, Czenzi Ormonde|
Leo G Carroll
Howard St John
Is the play good or bad? What does the critic think? The review doesn't tell me anything. Even as a synopsis it is not very informative.
Is this a review? What does the critic think? Even as a synopsis it doesn't tell much of anything. Not very helpful.
But is it any good? This is an example of a poor film review,it doesn`t even hint at what PH actually thinks of the overall result and even gives away the ending.I only hope it is re-released(as is fairly common with Hitchcock) and re-evaluated,preferably by another Time Out author. P.S. The one star is for the review only.