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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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The car Jim drives is an Oldsmobile 442. See more »


When Grace and Jim are hiding in the shack from John Ryder after escaping the police station where they were interrogated, Jim asks Grace if she sees Ryder outside. Grace looks through the peep hole in the shack to look. There is a woman (probably a crew member) clearly visible in the field as the camera pans from right to left. See more »


John Ryder: [points to Grace] She's a good looking girl... how long have you been fucking her?
Jim Halsey: What?
John Ryder: It's a simple question.
Jim Halsey: [Jim see's John's wedding ring] How long have you been fucking your wife?
John Ryder: I'm not married.
Jim Halsey: Then what's with the ring?
John Ryder: Makes strangers think I'm trustworthy.
Jim Halsey: Are you?
John Ryder: No...
[John destroys Jim's cell phone]
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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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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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