Which is better: British vs. Hollywood version of Strangers on a Train?

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  1. Ernest Aguayo

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    I want to watch Strangers on a Train, but the disc I rented has "British Version" on one side and "Hollywood Version" on the other.
    What is the difference? The British version is only two minutes longer it looks like. Are there huge differences in the plot? Which do you prefer if you have seen both versions?
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    It's a toss-up. The difference is almost impercetible but neither version will affect your enjoyment or understanding of the movie.
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  3. george kaplan

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    There are some films like this with multiple versions, that have good things in both versions missing from the others. Both Strangers on a Train and The Big Sleep are dvds where one time I watch one version, and the next time I'll watch the other.
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    I will go on record as preferring the US version. The few lines of Bruno dialog lost in the US version were less essential to me than the hilarious ending of the US version that was altered for the British release.
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    Is this what your looking for at the IMDb ? I don't think they are considered spoilers.
    I haven't seen the film through it's entirety in the British version, but I think it does emphasize Bruno's attitudes a little more.
    If you've rented the British version, I suggest to watch it. It will not hurt to watch both, and I don't think it matters which you watch first.
    Incidentally, the DVD I have has both versions on it. There were separate versions made as well?
     
  6. Ernest Aguayo

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    Thanks, fellows!
    Not sure if there are separate versions, Adrian. The one I rented had both versions, one on each side of the disc.
    Ernest
     
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    As far as I know there have never been separate versions available in region 1, but I might be wrong about Canada..anyone?
    The main difference apart from a few more Brunoism's & the ending is that the American version seems to have a bit less grain and sharper blacks in some scenes.
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    I believe the British version included more Bruno dialogue which supposedly was cut from the American version because it made his homosexuality too obvious. At the same time, the British ending was put on, because the American ending couldn't be used in Britain. I think.
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