The Hitcher (1986)

R  |   |  Thriller  |  21 February 1986 (USA)
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A young man who escaped the clutches of a murderous hitch-hiker is subsequently stalked, framed for the hitcher's crimes, and has his life made into hell by the same man he escaped.



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A young man transporting a car to another state is stalked along the road by a cunning and relentless serial killer who eventually frames the driver for a string of murders. Chased by police and shadowed by the killer, the driver's only help comes from a truck stop waitress. Written by Keith Loh <>

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The terror starts when he stops! See more »




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Release Date:

21 February 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Liftaren  »

Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)


$5,844,868 (USA)

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Sound Mix:

(4 channels)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The truck at the end of the film is a Dodge Ramcharger. See more »


A bus changes from a two rear axles to one. See more »


Jim Halsey: Look, I think you better get out now.
Jim Halsey: . The ride is over.
Jim Halsey: . Goodbye.
John Ryder: I'm going to sit here. And you're going to drive.
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References Duel (1971) See more »


Performed by Mickey Jones
Published by Mickey Jones Music (ASCAP)
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Gripping throughout, yet...
4 August 2005 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Murder Spree Road Flick. Contains many fairly stupid moments ("plot holes") and yet remains gripping throughout its length. Graphic, stunning violence; be warned.

Howell is slightly vapid yet pretty and his relations with Rutger Hauer verge on the homo-erotic. Hauer is a near-perfect villain, demonstrating the steely resolve and psychological impenetrability that have made him a favorite "bad guy" in other films.

A great movie for the paranoid who wish to feed their fantasies. Owes something to Spielberg's "Duel" but remains its own film. Relatively spare visual style well-suited to the theme. Recommended, but not for the faint of heart.

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