This is a psychological crime thriller film based in the United States. It was directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock. The story line is based on a novel written by Patricia High-smith with the same title name. The story is based on two strangers who happened to meet while traveling using a train. One of the strangers is a psychopath who happens to be very charming while the other stranger is a tennis player in his early ages. It occurs that both of them have been willing to get rid of some individuals in their life. The psychopath suggests that they should help each other by murdering their elements. The psychopath goes ahead and kills the tennis player victim but in return, the young man fails to do the same.

The film is a representation of how some people end up be drawn into other people’s affairs yet they never intended to take part in the first place. This was common in America, especially in the 20th century. The film is also a representation of how most people feel dissatisfied with people they are closely related to yet they choose not to talk about the issue. As a result, they plan evil things against their loved ones as they believe that it is the most appropriate measure. It also a representation of how some people in life will influence others to commit crimes on close individuals yet they never intended to. The theme that can be used to characterize this act is referred to as double crossing whereby individuals are pushed to come into an agreement but eventually one of them fails to honor it.


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