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The Hitcher (1986)

A young man who escaped the clutches of a murderous hitch-hiker is subsequently stalked by the hitcher and framed for his crimes.

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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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He came from hell. Don't ask him where he wants to go. See more »

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Thriller

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21 February 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Liftaren  »

Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$5,844,868 (USA)
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(4 channels)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

C. Thomas Howell admitted that he was actually afraid of Rutger Hauer on and off the set because of the actor's general intensity. See more »

Goofs

When the cops are loading John (Rutger Hauer) into the prison bus it appears to be either early in the morning or late at night based on the position of the sun and the low light in the sky. At the same time C. Thomas Howell and the Captain are driving away and the sky is very bright and sunny. This is interspersed with scenes of John inside the prison bus where you can see the sky is dimly lit. When C. Thomas Howell catches the prison bus it is very bright again. After the dramatic conclusion we see a silhouette of C. Thomas Howell at what appears to be dusk. It was all over the place. See more »

Quotes

Trooper Hancock: You spit on my wrist.
Jim Halsey: What?
Trooper Hancock: I said you spit on my wrist. Wipe it off.
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Connections

References The Terminator (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

DON'T STOP LOVIN' ME
Performed by Mickey Jones
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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