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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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Arthur
Al Shannon ...
Kriger
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Trey
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Matty (as Anna Gray Garduno)
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Willie Munroe (as Loren Haines)
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Morrison
Thomas Wagner ...
Captain Edwards
Ernest Alexander ...
Eugene
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Carrie (as Joanne Willette)
Gil Christner ...
Gas Attendant
Al Guarino ...
Joe Santini
George Derby ...
Jawbone
Bodacious Bob McVickery ...
Bodacious
Rebecca Reynolds ...
Biker Chick
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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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A dark, tightly focused thriller.

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February 1988 (USA)  »

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El vagabundo  »

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After being pushed on to the bed and tied up, The mysterious detective taunts Julia stating he knows everything about her. While being verbally assailed by the unknown attacker you can clearly see a boom mic hovering over Julia's head back and forth between shots. See more »

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Julia: Look, I better get going. I have a presentation tomorrow.
Trey: Well, I'll see you later.
Julia: I don't think that would be a very good idea.
Trey: Why?
Julia: I lead a very simple life.
Trey: So do I.
Julia: For me right now you would be a major complication.
Trey: I'm not very complicated.
Julia: I think I liked this better when there was no words.
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Well acted B Movie with 1980's sensibilities is fun and repeatable
27 August 2006 | by (Rockport, Texas) – See all my reviews

Most of us enjoy it when we find a "small", non-big-budget film that surprises us with its adept use of limited resources. "The Drifter" is just such a movie. It is filled with 1980's stylistic touches, and the big hair, moral freedoms, etc., that let you know right away that you have returned to that time zone. So what? Movies, for the most part, are products of their age and we should not hesitate to enjoy them as such, despite some reviewers tendency to slash away at any film (and call it dated) that dared to celebrate its "current sensibilities".

"The Drifter" focused on its stalker theme and managed to do so with panache, plot twists, suspense, and ensemble acting that carries the viewer happily forward. There is a well done sense of unease that permeates the setup and then culminates with violent, frightening moments that cause the flick to bear repeating. This film is a good one to share with folks who appreciate when a "small" film over-delivers. Whatever you do, make sure you rent or buy this little thriller. If you catch it in edited form on television you will miss the "kick" from the plot twists and wonder why some of us admire it so much.


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