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The Drifter (1988)

R | | Thriller | February 1988 (USA)
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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julia Robbins
Al Shannon ...
Matty (as Anna Gray Garduno)
Willie Munroe (as Loren Haines)
Captain Edwards
Ernest Alexander ...
Carrie (as Joanne Willette)
Gil Christner ...
Gas Attendant
Al Guarino ...
Joe Santini
George Derby ...
Bodacious Bob McVickery ...
Rebecca Reynolds ...
Biker Chick


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 »


Julia: I don't know whether to suck it or shoot it off.
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Don't grab it, just let it drift away from you
9 May 2010 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

I have a strong suspicion that producer Roger Corman, upon seeing the huge success of the major studio movie FATAL ATTRACTION, rushed this movie into production. This may explain why that, even for Roger Corman, this is an extremely tacky production. Even on DVD, the movie's visuals look so bad that you would swear this was made in the early 1970s and kept unmaintained on a shelf for the next fifteen years. There's bad sound (a couple of times when a car door slams shut, you don't hear anything!), bad continuity from shot to shot, and sets and furnished actual rooms looking hastily set up and constructed. You even clearly see the shadow of the boom mike on the ground in one shot! But even if the movie had better production values, it wouldn't help that much. The acting by all the leads is lacking passion, coming across instead as bland and lacking real emotion. But the script really drops the ball. After a while, the movie stops trying to build terror, and almost forgets the character of the drifter in the second half of the movie! Projects like this explain why Corman's movies soon after stopped getting theatrical releases.

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