The Hitcher (2007)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Thriller  |  19 January 2007 (USA)
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A serial killer pins his crimes on two college students who gave him a ride.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Skip O'Brien ...
Sheriff Harlan Bremmer Sr.
Deputy Harlan Bremmer Jr.
Officer Edwards
Young Father
Transport Guard #2 (as Mike Fisher)
Joe Self ...
Transport Guard #1 (as Joseph Michael Self)
Brad Robinson ...
Correctional Officer
Kurt Grossi ...
Officer Franklin


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Never pick up strangers.


Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,818,239 (USA) (19 January 2007)


£438,178 (UK) (8 June 2007)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dave Meyers:  Photo on the driver's license of the real John Ryder. See more »


When the Oldsmobile 442 flies off the road, the airborne car crashes very hard nose first into the ground. Jim and Grace are not wearing seat-belts yet somehow they manage to remain seated without slamming into the dashboard or windshield. See more »


[from trailer]
Grace Andrews: You should be out there looking for him right now! HE IS GONNA KILL MORE PEOPLE!
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Features The Birds (1963) See more »


Don't Give Up on Us
Written by Tony Macaulay
Performed by David Soul
Courtesy of David Soul
By Arrangement with Nola Leone/Ace Music Services, LLC
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what the hell have they done?
12 June 2007 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I last saw this movie and thought it was a bit cheesy, the last time i saw the original "the hitcher" i was about 8 years old. so i took my original copy, dusted it off and watched it to compare the two. i can't believe that Rutger Hauer was replaced by somebody like Sean Bean anyway and the whole story line of the remake really was boring. maybe if they replaced Rutger by somebody like Micheal Madsen maybe then it would have been a believable actor in it's character. all and all i think this movie should be considered "never made" like "the matrix reloaded" and "revolutions" so if i could recommend anything to anybody... just buy the original it's superior to the remake. this movie was bound to fail and mess up a classic.

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