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Two fishermen pick up a psychotic escaped convict who tells them that he intends to murder them when the ride is over.


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Roy Collins
Gilbert Bowen
Emmett Myers
Captain Alvarado (as Jose Torvay)
Sam Hayes ...
Radio Broadcaster
Wendell Niles ...
Wendell Niles (as Wendel Niles)
Inspector General
Government Agent
Natividad Vacío ...
Jose (as Natividad Vacio)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gordon Barnes ...
Hendrickson (uncredited)
Rodney Bell ...
William Johnson (uncredited)
Orlando Beltran ...
Salesman (uncredited)
Joe - Bartender (uncredited)
June Dinneen ...
Waitress (uncredited)
Joe Dominguez ...
Bit Part (uncredited)
Henry A. Escalante ...
Mexican Guard (uncredited)
Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)
Taylor Flaniken ...
Mexican Cop (uncredited)
Jose Abarrotes - Store Proprietor (uncredited)
Bartender (uncredited)
Ed Hinton ...
Chief of Police (uncredited)
Larry Hudson ...
FBI Agent (uncredited)
Jerry Lawrence ...
News Broadcaster (uncredited)
George Navarro ...
Salesman (uncredited)
Kathy Riggins ...
Little Girl at Abarrotes (uncredited)
Tony Roux ...
Gas Station Owner (uncredited)
Felipe Turich ...
Bit Part (uncredited)
Woman (uncredited)
Collier Young ...
Sleeping Mexican Peon (uncredited)

Directed by

Ida Lupino

Written by

Collier Young ... (screenplay) and
Ida Lupino ... (screenplay)
Robert L. Joseph ... (adaptation) (as Robert Joseph)
Daniel Mainwaring ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

Christian Nyby ... associate producer
Collier Young ... producer

Music by

Leith Stevens

Cinematography by

Nicholas Musuraca ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Douglas Stewart

Art Direction by

Albert S. D'Agostino
Walter E. Keller

Set Decoration by

Harley Miller ... (set decorations)
Darrell Silvera ... (set decorations)

Makeup Department

Mel Berns ... makeup artist

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

William Dorfman ... assistant director

Sound Department

Roy Meadows ... sound
Clem Portman ... sound

Special Effects by

Harold E. Wellman ... photographic effects

Music Department

C. Bakaleinikoff ... musical director

Other crew

James H. Anderson ... assistant to producer (as James Anderson)
Robert Eggenweiler ... assistant to producer

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Plot Summary

Two friends on a fishing trip pick up a stranded motorist who turns out to be a psychotic escaped convict. This sociopath has already murdered other good Samaritans in his efforts to evade authorities. He sadistically taunts and threatens the two men and perversely delights in telling them that he has them both marked for death sometime before the end of the trip. His destination is a ferryboat in Baja, California, which he hopes will help him get to the mainland. The hostages hope to stay alive long enough to escape or be rescued by Mexican authorities. Written by duke1029

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Taglines When was the last time you invited death into your car? See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Persuader (United States)
  • The Difference (United States)
  • Le voyage de la peur (France)
  • El autoestopista (Spain)
  • Стопаджията (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
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  • 71 min
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Trivia In an interview, Talman recalled an incident that happened shortly after the release of The Hitch-Hiker (1953), in which he gave a chilling portrayal of escaped murderer and serial killer Emmett Meyers. He was driving his convertible in Los Angeles with the top down, and he stopped at a red light. Another driver in a convertible who was stopped next to him stared at him for a few seconds, then said, "You're the hitchhiker, right?" Talman nodded, indicating that he was. The other driver got out of his car, went over to Talman's car and slapped him across the face, then got back in his car and drove off. In recalling the story, Talman said, "You know, I never won an Academy Award but I guess that was about as close as I ever will come to one." See more »
Goofs After the trio stops to disconnect their stuck car horn, further down the road they experience a tire blow-out. As the car comes to a stop, the car horn can be briefly heard. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Wanderlust (2006). See more »
Soundtracks Violin Concerto No 2 in E Minor, Op 64--Andante See more »
Crazy Credits Opening credits prologue: This is the true story of a man and a gun and a car. The gun belonged to the man. The car might have been yours-or that young couple across the aisle. What you will see in the next seventy minutes could have happened to you. For the facts are actual. See more »
Quotes Emmett Myers: I had a watch like this once when I was 17. Nobody gave it to me. I just took it.
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