Strangers on a Train

Although Strangers on a Train at first seems to follow two men with similar perspectives on life, Guy Haines and Bruno Antony turn out to be two vastly different men with similar concerns. Both characters are confronted by challenges that threaten their own masculinity – Haines by his manipulative wife and Antony by his own father – creating parallel plots that are affected by one another. Straight from its opening scene, Strangers on a Train centers on the duality of man and its limits: morality, perspective, and other variables that make up an individual’s perspective of the world around them.

Haines and Antony are the Yin and Yang of the film, constantly pushing and pulling one another in an attempt to regain control of their own realities. Even though Haines pretends to entertain Antony’s scheme for a perfect double murder that would help relieve beach of their struggles with their own masculinity, he refuses to murder a stranger, while Antony chooses to strangle Miriam without a second thought. Antony then pressures Haines into finishing Antony’s double-murder plot, pushing both characters out of their own reality. Antony follows Haines to multiple events with Haines’ friends and family, and Haines attempts to sneak into Antony’s father’s house to warn him, going so far as to try and convince Antony to seek help. The difference between characters causes each decision made by one person to affect the other, and vice versa, forcing both Haines and Antony to struggle for masculine power over their own reality until one of the two opposing forces is eventually destroyed.

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