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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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Storyline

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  »

Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$5,844,868 (USA)
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Trivia

In early drafts of the script, John Ryder had been described as skeletal in nature and so actors like David Bowie, Sting, Sam Shepard, Harry Dean Stanton, and Terence Stamp were mentioned. 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

Captain Esteridge: You're gonna get yourself killed. And if you don't, you're gonna be in a whole lotta trouble.
Jim Halsey: I'm sorry, sir. It's something I gotta do.
Captain Esteridge: No, you don't know what you're doin'.
Jim Halsey: Yeah, I do.
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DON'T STOP LOVIN' ME
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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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