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The Hitcher (2007)

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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

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Crime | Horror

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)


$16,366,370 (USA) (16 February 2007)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jessica Biel turned down the role of Grace Andrews while Britney Spears was considered for the same role. See more »


When Grace is in the police station, she is being questioned and then when the officer leaves the room, she walks around but then eventually leaves the room where she sees a German Shepherd rounding the corner, When it goes to a different view we see the dog going around the corner again, although it already has. See more »


Grace Andrews: Yeah, you just wanna tell all my friends you saved my life.
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Edited into Honest Trailers: Lord of the Rings (2012) See more »


Written and Performed by Al Parsons
Courtesy of Inter Music Library
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User Reviews

Even if you don't compare it to the original this isn't a very good movie
10 February 2007 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

The plot is simple, a couple traveling on a dark and stormy night pick up a man who was hitch hiking and soon find they should have passed him by.

The story has been often used but the immediate source for this telling is a film that starred Rutger Hauer as the title character. Hauer's John Rider managed to walk the fine line between insanity and reason as he upped the ante in everything he did in some twisted game that only he understood. In this remake Sean Bean is the psycho on the loose and its a wonderfully acted portrayal of a man on the edge of sanity. Unfortunately he's not very scary. Bean is somehow much to urbane to be frightening even as he's doing terrible things to people. He's simply to charming.

Whats worse are the people who pick him up. I hated them from the start and wanted some one-anyone-to kill them simply so I didn't have to spend anytime with them. Stupid and vacant they seemed less like people than the victims Bean kills. C Thomas Howell in the original may have been a bit of a twit, but I really felt sorry for him as Hauer turned his life into a living hell, here I felt they had it coming.

Different enough from the original to make comparisons pointless this film isn't very good on any level and really has no reason to be seen except for Sean Bean good, but nonthreatening villain

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