A divorcee becomes entangled in a missing persons investigation that promises to send shockwaves throughout her life.

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Tate Taylor

Writers:

Erin Cressida Wilson (screenplay by), Paula Hawkins (based on the novel by)
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Emily Blunt ... Rachel
Haley Bennett ... Megan
Rebecca Ferguson ... Anna
Justin Theroux ... Tom
Luke Evans ... Scott
Edgar Ramírez ... Dr. Kamal Abdic (as Édgar Ramírez)
Laura Prepon ... Cathy
Allison Janney ... Detective Riley
Darren Goldstein ... Man in the Suit
Lisa Kudrow ... Martha
Cleta Elaine Ellington Cleta Elaine Ellington ... Oyster Bar Woman (as Cleta E. Ellington)
Lana Young ... Doctor
Rachel Christopher ... Woman with Child
Fernando Medina Fernando Medina ... Pool Player
Gregory Morley ... Officer Pete

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The Girl on the Train is the story of Rachel Watson's life post-divorce. Every day, she takes the train in to work in New York, and every day the train passes by her old house. The house she lived in with her husband, who still lives there, with his new wife and child. As she attempts to not focus on her pain, she starts watching a couple who live a few houses down -- Megan and Scott Hipwell. She creates a wonderful dream life for them in her head, about how they are a perfect happy family. And then one day, as the train passes, she sees something shocking, filling her with rage. The next day, she wakes up with a horrible hangover, various wounds and bruises, and no memory of the night before. She has only a feeling: something bad happened. Then come the TV reports: Megan Hipwell is missing. Rachel becomes invested in the case and trying to find out what happened to Megan, where she is, and what exactly she herself was up to that same night Megan went missing.

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Rated R for violence, sexual content, language and nudity | See all certifications »

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This film has many similarities to Alfred Hitchcock films, such as: The Lady Vanishes (1938) [the missing woman]; Rear Window (1954) [a character sees a murder happen across a distance from a window]; Psycho (1960) [the girl in the shower]; and Vertigo (1958) [the girl in the museum looking at the painting]. See more »

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When Rachel and the woman she is chatting to in the bar say "F**k you, Anna Boyd" into Rachel's smartphone camera they say it at the same time, but when Rachel plays it back later their voices are not in harmony. See more »

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Rachel: [narrating] My husband used to tell me I have an overactive imagination. I can't help it. I mean, haven't you ever been on a train and wondered about the lives of the people who live near the tracks? The lives you've never lived. These are things I want to know. Twice a day, I sit in the third car from the front where I have the perfect view into my favorite house: Number 15, Beckette Road.
[Rachel sees a woman on her back porch in the morning]
Rachel: I don't know when exactly, I suppose I ...
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Americanised version of a chilling, suspenseful tale
2 January 2017 | by Avwillfan89See all my reviews

Taking a thoroughly English story and turning it into an American one always hurts the original tone. But the story is so rich and powerful that you can't really do too much damage.

I'd say the best part about the film is Emily Blunt. Even though she uses her own English accent in the movie, she sounds like someone who has lived in the US for quite some time, and it probably would have made more sense for her to have an American accent. If they changed the setting and all the other characters to American, why not do the same with the protagonist? That being said, she was absolutely perfect for the role. She was consistently sad and droopy and was perfectly convincing as the alcoholic, depressed Rachel.

The rest of the story played out as it did in the book. But the truth is, I couldn't put the book down, which doesn't happen very often. So apart from Blunt's acting, and the mysteries surrounding her character's blackout drinking during the night of a girl's murder, the film doesn't do too much for me.


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Release Date:

7 October 2016 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,536,265, 9 October 2016

Gross USA:

$75,395,035

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$173,185,859
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1.85 : 1
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