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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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Storyline

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

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Star Franco Nero suggested David Hess for the role of Adam because Nero had recently worked with Hess for the film 21 Hours at Munich (1976). While shooting that film the two met and Hess told Nero he was anxious to work in Italy. See more »

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Reflection of lights visible in Highway Patrol officer's helmet. See more »

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Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) See more »

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with David Hess in the backseat, this is bound to be fun...
7 July 2003 | by (Hellfudge, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

I agree with the other reviewers who lament David Hess's minor film career--his three key roles (Last House, House on the Edge, and Hitch Hike) showed amazing sleaze potential (he could've been the wisecracking villain in summer action movies if his time had come 20 years later). "Hitch Hike" can be called a precursor to the action films that litter multiplexes now, but it is also much more. It's an uncommon little B movie with the gloss and name actors (Franco Nero, Corrine Clery) of an A picture, along with a surprising moral slant, gay stickup men, and twists galore. Like most Italian exploitation films, "Hitch Hike" sometimes bogs down in a bit too much excess talk, but it helps flesh out the characters--they're not mere victims or heroes, but people, too. And for fans of Hess, this is a no-brainer. (A word of advice--seek out the Anchor Bay DVD, which is remastered and preserves the film's 1.85:1 aspect ratio.)

7/10


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