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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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Trooper Donner (as Billy Greenbush)
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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 the moment 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)

Gross:

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

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(Metrocolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Sam Elliott and Terence Stamp were offered the role of John Ryder. See more »

Goofs

When State Trooper Ed and Captain Esteridge escort Jim to the Semi, the police are talking nervously without stopping. However you can hear the English "Hold-your-fire" in almost audio tracks of almost every language, such as French, German, Italian, Spanish. This is because the maker forgot to treat it as audio rather than environment noise. See more »

Quotes

Trooper Hancock: [talking about Jim] Don't you know who he is?
Nash: You got the wrong man, Lyle.
Trooper Hancock: Like hell we do!
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Connections

Referenced in Jeepers Creepers (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

DON'T STOP LOVIN' ME
Performed by Mickey Jones
Published by Mickey Jones Music (ASCAP)
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A classic in my view!
3 January 2002 | by (Marlow, England) – See all my reviews

Starring everybody's favourite Dutchman, Rutger Hauer, this superb road movie thriller is tense, thrilling and superbly atmospheric.

The first scene between the Hitcher and Jim Holsey was superb, Rutger puts in a chilling performance. Mr Hauer has a reputation for pulling off some memorable bad guy performances, namely this, Blade runner and Nighthawks, but this is my favourite of his performances. The lines he has were brilliant. The pacing of the film was very good and apart from Rutger stealing the show the other actors were good. Jennifer Jason Leigh was good in her small role and of course C Thomas Howell in the lead does a good job. Overall this gets a 9/10 from me.


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