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The Hitcher (2007)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sheriff Harlan Bremmer Sr.
Deputy Harlan Bremmer Jr.
Danny Bolero ...
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.


Horror | 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) (21 January 2007)


$16,472,961 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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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Written and Performed by Al Parsons
Courtesy of Inter Music Library
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Horrible attempt
16 September 2011 | by (Croatia) – See all my reviews

Yup. I agree with most of the reviewers here, those that admire the original version of now definitive cult classic.

Actually last night it was my second effort to watch this remake, and I failed. First time it was two years ago. I stopped after 15 minutes. Last night I could not hold on more than 45 minutes. It was that awful.

I don't know, to some, this is great remake, or great movie, even very good movie but original is better. My opinion goes with those who share the same: absolutely terrible.

The reason for me to watch it, was my curiosity to see maybe something new, like sequel or something, and I was hopping to DIFFERENT plot, not repeating one, and deviating it in some stupid version.

The cinematography, camera and music as well as acting in original were superb, really, but here, what we have is not only attempt to repeat the plot and its rhythm, yet destroying the true sense that was delivered by original.

Some of the scenes that remains classic, like police chasing and slow motion of rumbling law enforcement cars. That was amazing in original but here, I almost needed to puke.

I also realize that director tried to copy the same cinematography style as it was in original, which ends in, of course total failure.

And something about characters. Sean Bean is one my favorite actors, but here he was terrible. If there are no original movie, his acting might pass, but mimicking Rutgher Hauer was terrible.

I can't forget the scene in the car with those family and kids (beggining), when he shows his face behind that big toy. It was obvious that this was absolute lack of the face expression of original character. Sean Bean completely lacks in Ryder character. (Hopefully it is only this or maybe two more movie where Bean lacks his in fact great acting gift)

Those two victims, terrible. C. T. Howell and J. J. Lee can't be replaced, period. OK those two are probably not the bad actors but in this, terrible, terrible.

All of the other casts is also too far from casts in original (policemen, Captain...).

So, if you want the real stuff, go watch the original and you will see why most reviewers here have the same bad opinion about this remake.

As somethimes after some bad remakes (AVP garbage), rises good sequel or prequel or new plot based on concept (like it was for me Predators for example), who knows, maybe someone will make intelligent sequel or prequel, I don't know, whatever, but this one is total failure.

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