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Hitch Hike (1977)

Autostop rosso sangue (original title)
Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 21 July 1978 (USA)
A bickering couple driving cross-country pick up a murderous hitchhiker who threatens to kill them unless they take him to a sanctuary. In return he agrees to split some bank loot he has on him.

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Walter Mancini
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Eve Mancini (as Corinne Clery)
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Adam Konitz
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Oaks (as John Loffredo)
Carlo Puri ...
Hawk
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Mexican Way Station Clerk (as Pedro Sanchez)
Leonardo Scavino ...
Mendoza (as Leon Lenor)
Mónica Zanchi ...
Girl at Camp Site (as Monica Zanchi)
Benito Pacifico ...
Highway Patrolman #1
Angelo Ragusa ...
Highway Patrolman #2
Luigi Birri ...
Motorcycle Punk #2
Robert Sommer ...
Harry Stetson
Ann Ferguson ...
Lucy Stetson
Fausto Di Bella ...
Motorcycle Punk #1
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Walter Mancini is a egostical newspaper editor whom is driving across California with his spiteful wife, Eve, on a weekend getaway to save their troubled marriage. But things take a turn when they pick up a straded motorist, named Adam, whom takes them hostage revealing himself to be a fugitive running from both the police and his two acomplices after robbing a bank and making off with all the loot. But things are not always as they seem as Walter and Eve try to find a way to not only get rid of their unwanted car guest, but find a way to deal with each other when both see the tempting offer of the stolen $2 million in cash Adam always has on him. Written by Matt Patay

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Taglines:

Hitch a Ride ... Hitch a Date with Death!

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Trivia

Franco Nero had a broken hand throughout the film because the he actually broke his hand while punching a misbehaving horse on the set of Keoma (1976). Because of the injury the script was re-written to have Walter drunkenly fall and break his hand early in the film. Also it was re-written that Eve would be driving the car throughout the film, originally it was suppose to be Walter driving. See more »

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When Walter shows matchbook with "SOS" to Highway Patrol officer, the book has only four matches left. When Adam shows the matchbook in the next scene, it is nearly full. See more »

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Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »

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Wow!
14 April 2004 | by (Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

With all the crap movies we in the US suffered through in the 1970's both domestic and foreign, it's amazing that this little gem never got widely released. This movie is part film noir, part existential road movie, and part Italian giallo. It's very suspenseful and contains many strong scenes of realistic violence (and sexual violence), but never veers into the realm of total tastelessness like much of the 70's drive-in fare (especially the Italian-made stuff). The score from Ennio Morricone is great. The three leads are phenomenal. Franco Nero is so charismatic you forget what a bastard he is. Not surprisingly (considering it's an Italian exploitation movie), Bond girl Corrine Clery spends half the film at least partially naked, but what is surprising is that she would have been excellent regardless. And David Hess is better than he was in Last House on the Left. The British DVD contains a superb documentary which interviews the three stars, and it's downright surreal seeing a middle-aged, mild-mannered David Hess. He played a sick creep so well in this and other 70's movies, I had just assumed he was one in real life. The most amazing thing about this movie though was that it was shot in Italy. The filmmakers did such a good job capturing the look of 1970's Northern California and Nevada that I was having flashbacks of childhood road trips with my parents. And what an ending! They just don't make 'em like this anymore. Highly recommended.


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