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The Hitcher (1986)

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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 <loh@sfu.ca>

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Never Pick Up A Stranger. See more »

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Action | Thriller

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21 February 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Liftaren  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$5,844,868 (USA)
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Trivia

Fox was to have distributed the film before TriStar Pictures took over. See more »

Goofs

During the shotgun chase, one deputy shoots the left tail-light. However when the deputy is aiming, the left tail-light is already broken. See more »

Quotes

John Ryder: How do you like "Shitsville"?
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Remade as The Hitcher (2007) See more »

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DON'T STOP LOVIN' ME
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Published by Mickey Jones Music (ASCAP)
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User Reviews

"Do I look like a killer to you?"
6 November 2001 | by (Kentucky) – See all my reviews

The Hitcher is a marvelous thriller and Rutger Hauer is truly scary as hell. He is undoubtedly one of the best villains in cinematic history. The game that Hauer and C. Thomas Howell play out makes for a great way to spend an hour and a half of your life. You can't help but feel sorry for Howell as he can never escape the madman. Hauer has zero motive and that makes him all the more evil. And how he always finds Howell is something that is unnerving and unexplainable. It's like their paths were meant to cross somewhere out in in the desert. Eric Red's script leaves nothing to be desired. The scene where Howell is eating french fries is one of the most unforgettable in horror history. And so is the event that leads to the capture of Hauer. The end is fantastic and it's something that you want to do through the entire movie. It will definitely make you think twice before picking up hitchhikers. If you enjoyed The Hitcher, Check out Hitch-Hike (with David Hess) and Duel.


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