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The Hitcher (1986)

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

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Sergeant Starr (as John Jackson)
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Trooper Donner (as Billy Greenbush)
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Trooper Dodge (as Eugene Davis)
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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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The terror starts when he stops! See more »

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Thriller

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R | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 February 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Liftaren  »

Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,134,214 (USA) (23 February 1986)

Gross:

$5,844,868 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In the truck stop scene an Army tank is seen on the flatbed trailer of a truck. C. Thomas Howell was in the movie Tank (1984) a few years before See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[John wants Jim to say, "I want to die"]
Jim Halsey: I don't know if I can say that.
John Ryder: Sure you can. Repeat after me. I...
Jim Halsey: I...
John Ryder: Want... want...
Jim Halsey: Want...
John Ryder: To...
Jim Halsey: To...
John Ryder: Die... Die.
Jim Halsey: I don't want to die!
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Connections

Referenced in When Strangers Appear (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

DON'T STOP LOVIN' ME
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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