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A serial killer pins his crimes on two college students who gave him a ride.

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Skip O'Brien ...
Sheriff Harlan Bremmer Sr.
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Deputy Harlan Bremmer Jr.
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Officer Edwards
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Young Father
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Beth
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Marlene
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Transport Guard #2 (as Mike Fisher)
Joe Self ...
Transport Guard #1 (as Joseph Michael Self)
Brad Robinson ...
Correctional Officer
Kurt Grossi ...
Officer Franklin
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Storyline

While driving through the New Mexico Desert during a rainy night, the college students Jim Halsey and his girlfriend Grace Andrews give a ride to the hitchhiker John Ryder. While in their car, the stranger proves to be a psychopath threatening the young couple with a knife, but Jim succeeds to throw him out of the car on the road. On the next morning, the young couple sees John in another car with a family, and while trying to advise the driver that the man is dangerous, they have an accident. While walking on the road, they find the whole family stabbed in the car, and John sees that the driver is still alive. He drives to a restaurant seeking for help, but the police blame Jim and Grace to the murder and send them to the police station. However, John kills the policemen and pursues the couple, playing a tragic and violent mouse and cat game with Grace and Jim. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

Never pick up strangers.

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for strong bloody violence, terror and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 January 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Autostoper  »

Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£217,973 (UK) (1 June 2007)

Gross:

£438,178 (UK) (8 June 2007)
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Trivia

Sean Bean spent little time with his young co-stars so as to distance their relationship and make himself seem more unknown and menacing. He believed this would drive the chemistry in a more realistic fashion. See more »

Goofs

Just after the scene where John Ryder kills all of the cops, Jim and Grace get out the car. As it is stopping you can clearly see that the tyre has worn away from where it was shot but then a different camera view shows the tyre still intact. It then disappears again. See more »

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Lieutenant Esteridge: I don't give a rat's cock bag how you do it. You will pull them over.
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References Psycho (1960) See more »

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Building Up to Feel So Good
Written by Cameron Flener (credit only) and Jacob Bunton
Performed by The Velcro Pygmies
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Sophia Bush is great, but the rest is garbage
3 July 2007 | by (IL) – See all my reviews

Hmmmmm, don't even bother with this one. I am not completely against remakes, but why remake a movie that's only 20 years old? Better yet, why remake a movie that many film buffs have seen and expect it to be a hit at the box office?

Well, the same questions could be asked about The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2003, but the difference between that was that Chainsaw was a good movie that brought fresh ideas to a dying franchise. The Hitcher 2007 is almost exactly like the original, but everything that made the original interesting is lost in this one. No brutality, no sense of isolation, no creepiness to John Ryders character. The dialogue is also extremely lame, and even laughable at times, and the whole movie feels extremely rushed.

The only few things that bring this movie up is a well choreographed struggled between Bush and Bean in a motel room and of course, Sophia Bush's performance, which is extremely impressive. This girl can act! Props to her doing the best she could with a zero script.

As the credits rolled after the lame finale, I was glad this underperformed at the box office. A franchise being created out of this trash is the last thing I can see down the road.


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