Thumb Tripping (1972)

R  |   |  Drama  |  October 1972 (USA)
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An adventurous couple of hitchhikers decides to accept every ride that is offered to them. no matter how odd the driver might be. They'll get more than they bargained for.



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An adventurous couple of hitchhikers decides to accept every ride that is offered to them. no matter how odd the driver might be. They'll get more than they bargained for.

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Passable road movie
2 April 2005 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Bruce Dern glares from the box art of this late period counterculture drama, but he's not the star of the film--merely one of the many quirky characters met by hitchhikers Michael Burns and Meg Foster as they work their way up the coast of Central California, destination: north! Thumb Tripping is a low octane, episodic drama which, like its characters, never really goes anywhere, but is a watchable diversion nonetheless. The film benefits from some nice location work--the brief look at San Francisco's North Beach is particularly good--and there's some pretty decent country and folk-rock songs to enliven the soundtrack. There are no standout performances, but Michael Burns is quite good as the naive lad whose illusions about life on the road slowly crumble away, and Marianna Hill scores points as a bosomy woman in a garish flowery hat.

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