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The Drifter (1988)

R  |   |  Thriller  |  February 1988 (USA)
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A suspensefilled thriller about a successful single woman who, on a deserted road, picks up a mysterious hitchhiker. Once back in the city, THE DRIFTER follows her every move. Every attempt... See full summary »

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Julia Robbins
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Willie Munroe (as Loren Haines)
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Gil Christner ...
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George Derby ...
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A suspensefilled thriller about a successful single woman who, on a deserted road, picks up a mysterious hitchhiker. Once back in the city, THE DRIFTER follows her every move. Every attempt to free herself of his harassment fails until the shocking conclusion is revealed! Written by Concorde - New Horizons (with permission).

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Julia tears the filter off her cigarette, but a moment later it's back on. See more »

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Maddie: Well, what's he like?
Julia: Well, he's different.
Maddie: Different? How?
Julie: For one thing, he's fucking crazy.
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Wonderful story idea, implausible conclusion
21 August 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This is a movie that had great possibilities - a woman on a road trip who has a one-night fling with a hitchhiker she picks up on the road. But the man refuses to let go, and tracks her down in her Southern California apartment, making unwanted phone calls and trying persistently to have some kind of relationship with her.

It's a fine start. But, without giving away too much of the ending, the screenwriters inexplicably decided to turn him into a good guy, attempting to create another classic "surprise ending." But it's awkward, often confusing, and ultimately entirely unbelievable. Had they story evolved differently, they could have turned this "obsessed" young man into a more sympathetic figure without all the implausible plot twists.

And a scene at the end, in which the woman is trapped with a knife-wielding killer, stretches on for minutes as the would-be-killer misses and hesitates. Real suspense doesn't have to be so clumsy or contrived.


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