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Writers (WGA):
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Release Date:
19 January 2007 (USA) See more »
Never pick up strangers.
A serial killer pins his crimes on two college students who gave him a ride. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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One of the Better Remakes Out There, Still Prefer The Original Though. See more (269 total) »


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Sean Bean ... John Ryder

Sophia Bush ... Grace Andrews

Zachary Knighton ... Jim Halsey

Neal McDonough ... Lt. Esteridge

Kyle Davis ... Buford's Store Clerk
Skip O'Brien ... Sheriff Harlan Bremmer Sr.

Travis Schuldt ... Deputy Harlan Bremmer Jr.

Danny Bolero ... Officer Edwards

Jeffrey Hutchinson ... Young Father

Yara Martinez ... Beth

Lauren Cohn ... Marlene

Michael J. Fisher ... Transport Guard #2 (as Mike Fisher)
Joe Self ... Transport Guard #1 (as Joseph Michael Self)
Brad Robinson ... Correctional Officer
Kurt Grossi ... Officer Franklin
Dick Hancock ... Ryder's Guard (as Richard Hancock)
Jesse De Luna ... Officer #1 (as Jesse DeLuna)

Kurt E. Soderling ... Helicopter Co-Pilot (as Kurt Soderling)
Lance Strumpf ... Helicopter Pilot

Damon Carney ... Negotiator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kurt Bryant ... Paramedic (uncredited)

Dave Colon ... N.M. State Trooper (uncredited)
Stephanie Huettner ... Student (uncredited)
George McLain ... Officer George (uncredited)
Patricia Miller ... NM Police Officer (uncredited)
D'Nette Pennington ... Young Mother (uncredited)
Isaac Rodriguez ... N.M. State Trooper (uncredited)

Directed by
Dave Meyers 
Writing credits
Eric Red (screenplay) and
Jake Wade Wall (screenplay) and
Eric Bernt (screenplay)

Eric Red (1986 film)

Produced by
Michael Bay .... producer
Matthew Cohan .... associate producer
Andrew Form .... producer
Bradley Fuller .... producer (as Brad Fuller)
Alfred Haber .... producer
Alma Kuttruff .... co-producer
Charles R. Meeker .... producer (as Charles Meeker)
Original Music by
Steve Jablonsky 
Cinematography by
James Hawkinson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jim May 
Casting by
Lisa Fields 
Production Design by
David Lazan 
Art Direction by
Rob Simons 
Set Decoration by
Randy Huke  (as Randy Smith Huke)
Costume Design by
Leeann Radeka 
Makeup Department
Jaremy Aiello .... painter: K.N.B. EFX Group
Jaremy Aiello .... sculptor: K.N.B. EFX Group
Howard Berger .... special makeup effects designer and creator
Troy Breeding .... makeup artist
Michael Deak .... shop supervisor: K.N.B. EFX Group (as Mike Deak)
Jeff L. Deist .... mold maker: K.N.B. EFX Group (as Jeff Deist)
Alex Diaz .... on-set technician: K.N.B. EFX Group
Jake Garber .... key on-set makeup effects artist
Grady Holder .... mold maker: K.N.B. EFX Group
Akihito Ikeda .... painter: K.N.B. EFX Group
Akihito Ikeda .... sculptor: K.N.B. EFX Group
Steve Katz .... foam technician: K.N.B. EFX Group
Derek Krout .... foam technician: K.N.B. EFX Group
Jim Leonard .... mold maker: K.N.B. EFX Group (as James Leonard)
Harrison Lorenzana .... on-set technician: K.N.B. EFX Group
Mike McCarty .... makeup supervisor: K.N.B. effects group
Kelly Nelson .... department head hair stylist
Greg Nicotero .... special makeup effects designer and creator
Carla Palmer .... makeup department head (as Carla E. Palmer)
Frank Parrish .... hair stylist (as Frank D. Parrish)
Susan Pfeifer .... hair stylist
Ben Rittenhouse .... foam technician: K.N.B. EFX Group
Shannon Shea .... shop supervisor: K.N.B. EFX Group
Sheila Trujillo-Gomez .... makeup artist (as Sheila Trujillo Gomez)
Patricia Urias .... foam technician: K.N.B. EFX Group
A.J. Venuto .... foam technician: K.N.B. EFX Group
Production Management
Alma Kuttruff .... unit production manager
Tim Pedegana .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Doug Carter .... second second assistant director (as Douglas Carter)
Phil Hardage .... first assistant director (as Philip Hardage)
Chemen Ochoa .... additional second assistant director: New Mexico (as Chemen A. Ochoa)
Katie Tull .... first assistant director: second unit
Katie Tull .... second assistant director (as Kathleen Tull)
Art Department
Brandon Campbell .... set dresser
Jennifer Carpenter .... construction estimator
Lance Cheatham .... set dresser
Ursula Coyote .... second art department coordinator
April Crump .... assistant property master
Tom Dreesen .... construction coordinator
Derek Drewes .... carpenter
William F. Gambill .... stand-by painter
Jim Kolmar .... art department assistant
Ellen Lampl .... graphic designer
Christopher Martin .... lead greens
David Menefee .... general foreman
Jorge Paris .... art department coordinator
John Parker .... on-set dresser
Shane Patrick .... leadman
Adele Plauche .... set designer
Jeremy Reeves .... set dresser
Charles Seale .... construction foreman
Corissa Smith .... scenic artist
Gary Wimmer .... charge scenic
Robert R. Wonson .... set dresser
Koen Wooten .... property master
Sound Department
Steve Bartkowicz .... re-recording engineer
Stacy Brownrigg .... production sound mixer
John Cannon .... assistant sound editor
Thadd Day .... boom operator
Nerses Gezalyan .... sound mixer
Shawn Harper .... cable person
Chris Hogan .... dialogue editor
Daniel J. Leahy .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Dave McMoyler .... supervising sound editor
Christian P. Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer
Kelly Oxford .... supervising sound editor
Michelle Pazer .... adr editor
Bryan Pennington .... consultant: Dolby film sound
Alan Rankin .... sound designer
Lyndsey Schenk .... additional sound editor
Unsun Song .... sound re-recordist
Jon Taylor .... sound re-recording mixer
Jon Title .... sound effects editor
Karen Vassar Triest .... sound editor (as Karen Vassar)
Karen Vassar Triest .... sound effects editor (as Karen Vassar)
Tim Walston .... sound effects editor
Matthew J. Ward .... staff engineer (as Matthew Ward)
Lars Bjerre .... dialogue denoising (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Michael Ahasay .... special effects foreman (as Mike Ahasay)
Jay Appleberry .... special effects technician
Robert Brown .... special effects technician (as Robert W. Brown)
Sebastien Caillabet .... special effects technician
David J. Chamerski .... special effects technician
William D. Harrison .... special effects technician (as William Harrison)
Vicki V. Johnson .... special effects medic
William D. Kennedy .... special effects foreman (as William Kennedy)
Marcus LaPorte .... moldmaker
Joe Mack .... special effects technician
Mike McCarty .... puppeteer (as Michael D. McCarty)
John D. Milinac .... special effects coordinator (as John Milinac)
Jamie Reedy .... special effects technician
Shane Scott .... special effects technician
Lino Stavole .... special effects technician: mold department, K.N.B Effects Group
Robert Stewart .... special effects technician
Patricia Urias .... special effects: foam department
Lindsay Vivian .... special effects purchaser
Visual Effects by
Joel Behrens .... compositor: Digital Domain
Niki Bern .... compositor
Kevin Bouchez .... compositor
Chad E. Collier .... scanning and recording operator: Digital Domain
Janice Barlow Collier .... dustbuster: Digital Domain (as Janice Barlow)
Joshua Doud .... data integration artist
Scott Gastellu .... compositor
Paul C. George .... shader technical director (as Paul George)
John Healy .... restoration
Elizabeth Hitt .... digital production manager
David P.I. James .... visual effects producer (as David James)
Sarahjane Javelo .... digital paint/rotoscope artist: Digital Domain
Thitipong Pao Jitmakusol .... texture artist (as Pao Jitmakusol)
Joshua H. Johnson .... paint and rotoscope supervisor: Digital Domain (as Josh Johnson)
Paul Jordan .... rigger
Jack Kasprak .... animator
John Kasprzak .... digital artist
Lawrence Klein .... visual effects editor: Digital Domain
Michael Liv .... dustbuster: Digital Domain
Jo Lockman .... dustbuster
Jo Lockman .... scanning and recording operator: Digital Domain
Todd Maugh .... technical assistant
Richard Morton .... animator
David Niednagel .... previsualization animator
Kym Olsen .... compositor
Paul George Palop .... lighting technical director: Digital Domain
Stephan Pilon Lectez .... compositor (as Stefan Pilon Lectez)
Kelly Port .... visual effects supervisor
Gerald Ragland .... digital intermediate support colorist
Tim Ranck .... animator
Olivier Sarda .... compositor
Christopher Savides .... color grader
Som Shankar .... lead intergration artist
Jarom Sidwell .... visual effects production assistant
Kristen Swanson .... dustbusting lead: Digital Domain
Danny Gordon Taylor .... animation supervisor (as Dan Taylor)
John Textor .... executive: Digital Domain
Craig Van Dyke .... animator
Keith Weilmuenster .... digital matte painter
Michelle Winze .... visual effects production coordinator (as Michelle Jacobs)
Matthew Benware .... on-set technician: Digital Domain (uncredited)
Amanda Hampton .... pipeline engineer (uncredited)
Ian A. Harris .... digital artist: Digital Domain (uncredited)
Dan Patterson .... digital character artist: Digital Domain (uncredited)
Jennifer Badger .... stunts
Paul Borne .... stunts
Kurt Bryant .... stunt coordinator
Annie Chasse .... stunts
Mark De Alessandro .... stunts
John Dixon .... stunt utility
Corey Michael Eubanks .... stunt driver
Dane Farwell .... stunts
Eddie J. Fernandez .... stunt driver
Jason Gray .... utility stunts
Dick Hancock .... stunts
Tom Harper .... car stunts
Jim Henry .... stunts
David Brian Martin .... stunts
Eddie Matthews .... stunts
Michael Owen .... stunts (as Mike Owen)
Carl Paoli .... stunts
Denney Pierce .... stunts
Jeff Schwan .... stunts
Steve Walters .... stunts
Tommy J. Huff .... truck stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ryan Abrams .... camera production assistant
Troy Anderson .... lighting technician
Kelly Bogdan .... second assistant camera: additional photography
Glenn Brown .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Chip Byrd .... first assistant camera: "c" camera
Beau Chaput .... first assistant camera: "d" camera
Patrick B. Coate .... film loader
Matt Cowan .... dolly grip: "b" camera
Theda Cunningham .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Theda Streetman)
Steve Drake .... best boy grip
Ryan Eustis .... second assistant camera: "c" camera
Robyn Greer .... electrician
Kurt Grossi .... key grip
Jess Haas .... additional rigging electrician
Gary Hatfield .... camera operator: "b" camera
Gary Hatfield .... director of photography: second unit
Robert Hicks .... key rigging grip
Donald R. Howe Jr. .... second assistant camera: "a" camera (as Don Howe Jr.)
Edison Jackson .... best boy electric
Gary Jay .... camera operator: "a" camera
Jason Kay .... technocrane operator
Dan Kneece .... camera operator: "a" camera, additional photography
Patrick Lennon .... gaffer (as Packy Lennon)
Greg Lomas .... dolly grip: "a" camera
Jeff Magers .... best boy rigging electric (2006)
Scott Magruder .... rigging electric
Peter McKernan .... pilot: Spacecam (as Peter J. McKernan Jr.)
Chris McNellis .... grip
P.K. Munson .... first assistant camera
Clayton Null .... electrician
Georgia Pierson .... electric rigging crew
Gabe Proctor .... video assist operator
Jessica Ramos .... camera production assistant
Van Redin .... still photographer
Richard Romero .... grip
Peter Simonite .... camera operator: "c" camera (as Peter Morgan Simonite)
Kurt E. Soderling .... aerial director of photography (as Kurt Soderling)
Ezra Venetos .... grip
Jesse Wolter .... rigging grip
Thomas Young .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (as Thom Young III)
Animation Department
Angie Jones .... animator: Digital Domain
Casting Department
John Barba .... casting associate
Kathryn Brink .... casting: New Mexico
Caitlin McKenna-Wilkinson .... adr voice casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Laurel Brock .... costume production assistant
Emily Dellheim .... costume production assistant
Nyima Johnston .... key set costumer
Esther Marquis .... tailor
Jennifer Schossow .... costumer
John H. Smith .... key costumer
John H. Smith .... wardrobe supervisor
Rachel A. Walker .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Christine Carr .... digital intermediate producer
Dylan Carter .... on-line editor
Salvatore Catanzaro .... assistant on-line editor
Rob Doolittle .... senior digital on-line editor
Peter Gvozdas .... first assistant editor
Tom Hoffman .... dailies producer
Missy Papageorge .... digital intermediate producer: Company 3
Joe Pestana .... dailies assistant
Sarah C. Reeves .... post-production assistant
Eric Rolnick .... editorial technician: Digital Domain
Kurt Smith .... color timer
Stefan Sonnenfeld .... colorist: Company 3
Ian Turpen .... digital intermediate scanner: Company 3
Fulvio Valsangiacomo .... assistant editor
Lawrence Howard Williams .... post digital media operator
John Zaik .... colorist: dailies
Music Department
Christine Bergren .... music legal and clearance
Jeffrey Biggers .... score mixer
Clay Duncan .... composer: additional music
Jay Flood .... composer: additional music
Steve Jablonsky .... music producer
Alan Meyerson .... score mixer
Joel J. Richard .... composer: additional music
Brian Richards .... additional music programmer
Brian Richards .... music editor
Pieter A. Schlosser .... additional music programmer (as Pieter Schlosser)
Pieter A. Schlosser .... composer: additional music
Holeg Spies .... composer: incidental music
Jojo Villanueva .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Monica Allen .... van driver
Kevin Beard .... driver: insert car
Kari Bernhardt .... driver
Charles Coulter .... transportation co-captain
Sam Craytor .... driver: honeywagon
Kenny Heath .... driver
Gerald Lee .... driver: stakebed
Joseph Lockwood .... transportation
C.D. Corky Newberry .... driver
Jimmy Ray Pickens .... transportation captain: New Mexico
Gwendalane Ramos .... transportation secretary
Phil Schriber .... transportation coordinator
Joe Self .... driver
Lucas Stein .... driver
Victor Villarreal .... transportation
Victor G. Villarreal .... transportation
Marti Wells .... transportation captain
Steven Willhoite .... driver: production van
Other crew
Andrew P. Aguilar .... office production assistant
John Arszyla .... set medic
Ken Beggs .... animal trainer
Adrienne Biddle .... studio executive
Robin Brackeen .... second assistant accountant
Krysti Burkemper .... production assistant
Paul A. Calabria .... animal handler: New Mexico (as Paul Calabria)
Mary Beth Chambers .... production assistant (as Mary Beth Meadows)
Bobbi Colorado .... animal handler: Texas
J.J. Dalton .... set production assistant
Dustin Daniels .... location assistant
Deborah Dellosso .... animal handler: New Mexico
Shanti Delsarte .... production coordinator
Joli Eberhart .... assistant: Mr. Bay
Colin Edlund .... key craft service
Susan Foley .... production assistant
Holly Gent Palmo .... assistant: Ms. Kuttruff
Gina Grande .... script supervisor
Lisa Greenblatt .... assistant: Mr. Form & Mr. Fuller
Granville Greene .... location manager: New Mexico
Chris Hadlock .... production secretary
Sophia K. Hussain .... assistant: Mr. Meyers
Anne Johns .... assistant: Ms. Kuttruff
Gordon Kaywin .... assistant: Mr. Form & Mr. Fuller
Nell Kennedy .... assistant production office coordinator
Kelly Kernan .... location manager: Texas
Ashley Kravitz .... clearance
Greg Kupiec .... main title designer
Steven R. Kutcher .... entomologist
Bill Lanier .... assistant: Mr. Bean
Andrea Lazard .... asset assistant (as Andrea Johnson)
Shane Mallory .... production assistant
Peter McKernan Sr. .... helicopter ground safety
Peter McKernan .... aerial coordinator (as Peter J. McKernan Jr.)
Jennifer S. Milliman .... production assistant
Carrie Oviatt .... first assistant accountant
Harley Pasternak .... personal trainer
John K. Patterson .... supervising location manager: new mexico
Damon Phillips .... stand-in
John M. Pisani .... unit publicist
Michele Pollack .... entomologist assistant (as Michelle Pollack)
Daniel Quanz .... production assistant
Jeremiah Ra Richards .... location assistant
Jeremiah Ra Richards .... production assistant
Tom Roach .... animal handler: New Mexico
Jacqueline Sanders .... animal handler: New Mexico
Marvin Schroeder .... master armorer
M.K. Shaw .... payroll accountant
Jeremy Shirk .... set security
Stefan Sonnenfeld .... executive producer: Company 3
Michael Sorrells .... stand-in (as Michael Sorrels)
Danny Sutedja .... location production assistant
Christina Tomas .... animal handler: New Mexico
Andrea Trisdale .... photo double
Andrea Trisdale .... stand-in
Ben Urquhart .... post production executive
Nadia Venesse .... dialect coach
Steve White .... assistant location manager
Jenni Wieland .... first assistant accountant
Leigh A. Wilbourn .... production coordinator
Dennis Williams .... location scout
Edward Albolote .... assistant: Michael Bay (uncredited)
Matthew H. Sanders .... on-set intern (uncredited)
Matthew H. Sanders .... set intern (uncredited)

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Rated R for strong bloody violence, terror and language
84 min | Croatia:90 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Rutger Hauer who played the character of John Ryder in the original was offered a cameo, but declined for artistic reasons. Hauer has since said in the press that he has yet to watch the remake, and according to some of his friends he shouldn't bother.See more »
Continuity: During the car chase, a 2001 or newer model Crown Vic is spun sideways by the hitcher. However, when the same car is shown rolling over, the Crown Vic flying through the air is a late 90's model.See more »
Jim Halsey:Grace? Grace? Morning.See more »
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53 out of 94 people found the following review useful.
One of the Better Remakes Out There, Still Prefer The Original Though., 28 January 2007
Author: violetmoreviolent from Portland, Oregon, USA

The horror industry has had quite a big boom in the past five years or so, and most of the horror films you see today are remakes of older films. Some of them are really good, some of them are atrocious - but "The Hitcher" is one of the better remakes I've seen. This movie focuses on Grace (Sophia Bush) and Jim (Zachary Knighton), who are on a road trip during spring break. While driving one stormy night in the desert, they almost hit a man who is having car trouble, but speed off in fear. Later that night, they meet the man who they almost hit at a gas station, and end up offering him a ride to the nearest motel. Little do they know, the man who calls himself John Ryder (Sean Bean), is a maniac, and ends up pulling a knife on the couple. They manage to escape at the time, but the following day they are terrorized by the murderous hitchhiker along the highway, and become framed for a series of killings that he has been committing.

Barely twenty years old, the original "Hitcher" was a great horror movie that wasn't really in need of a remake - but most of the horror films that are remade aren't in need of it either, so I suppose that's irrelevant. I'm glad I saw the original film (just days) before I went to see this remake, because it was interesting to compare the similarities and differences between the two. In some instances, this remake pulls things right out of the 1986 film, but also reworks the story and adds and removes certain elements. The reworking of the plot here is done really well - it stays faithful to the original movie while making it something of it's own as well, and I was happy with the way that everything was done in the writing department. There was plenty of action and some great scare moments, so people with short attention spans (which is probably the majority of this film's primary audience) will never get "bored" or find themselves unenlightened. The action and kills were very well executed though and the gore factor is brought up a few notches from the original, but doesn't go overboard. The classic chase sequence from the 1986 film is done here very well and is just as (if not more) exciting than the sequence was in the original.

I have to admit, some of the action sequences were a little far-fetched, but the same goes for the original film too, so I can't criticize that. The cast wasn't bad. Granted, some of the acting was a little underdeveloped, but all in all the performances weren't bad. Sophia Bush plays the heroine, Grace, and while she doesn't give a great performance, she's likable enough to hold up her role and keep the audience sympathizing with her. Zachary Knighton plays her boyfriend, Jim (who is a variation of the original movie's hero), and is very good. Sean Bean probably gives the best performance though, playing the menacing John Ryder very well. He has the perfect look for the role, plus he's a good actor. I thought it would be hard to live up to Rutger Hauer's great performance, but I was surprised at how well it was done.

Overall, "The Hitcher" is one of the better remakes out there. It could have been better, but not by a whole lot. It doesn't live up to the original film, but I wasn't expecting it to so I was pleasantly surprised with the way this film turned out. If you're a fan of the original, you may or may not want to see this, but I can say that I really liked the original myself and thought that this was an above-average remake. 7/10.

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