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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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Sergeant Starr (as John Jackson)
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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

When Jim enters the abandoned garage, birds fly in front of the camera for dramatic effect. Though the hole in the floor seems to be intentional, the person visible pushing the birds out from said hole was probably not. See more »

Quotes

Jim Halsey: [trying to get policemen to help untie Nash from between two large trucks] Why don't you do something?... FUCKING DO SOMETHING!
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Connections

Referenced in The Hitchhiker (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

DON'T STOP LOVIN' ME
Performed by Mickey Jones
Published by Mickey Jones Music (ASCAP)
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The Good And Bad Of The Hitcher
16 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The first time I saw this movie it just about terrified me....and few films have ever done that to me as an adult. Rutger Hauer was haunting as the demented killer.

The film moves very fast in this story of a maniac stalking a young motorist (C. Thomas Howell). Two subsequent viewings have quieted the fear but it's still a very chilling film and should keep most people riveted to the screen. It's an hour- and-a-half that will fly by with action and suspense.

On the negative side, not once but twice we have to watch Howell vomit. Neither he nor female lead Jennifer Jason Leigh are likable "good guys." (Of course, when has Leigh ever been a "good person" on screen?) The police, as usual in films, are pictured as sadistic, short-tempered idiots. Finally, credibility gets stretched a bit, particularly in the last 30 minutes.

So....expect a lot of good and a fair share of bad in this film. But, overall, it will be a film that will get your attention, beginning with Mr. Hauer.


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