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A Los Angeles woman, on her way to visit her sister in San Fransisco, picks up a hitchhiker who has just killed his stepmother. Charmed by him, she fails to notice his strange behavior until it is too late. Written by <MartianWax@aol.com>

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Enough material for, perhaps, a half hour show....stretched to an hour and a half time slot.
2 November 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Hitchhike!" is a made for TV film with an extremely simple plot--a guy is having an affair with his step-mom (eeewwww!!) and kills her. Soon he's out hitchhiking and is picked up by a lonely lady (Cloris Leachman) and he goes from being nice and loving to unpredictable and explosive with her. The lady has several opportunities to ditch this strange (and murderous) guy but each time she inexplicably continues her journey with a man who is showing signs that he's unhinged. You can only assume she's a cougar...desperate for the attention of a younger man even if he is a bit scary! And, amazingly, they pad this out so that it fits an hour and a half time slot!!

If you want to see this sort of thing but done better, try the old films "Hitch-Hiker" or "Detour". Both manage to do similar material better--more interesting, making more sense and better paced. Not a bad made for TV film...but not a very good one either. Totally unremarkable, in fact.


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