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Thumb Tripping (1972)

An adventurous couple of hitchhikers decides to accept every ride that is offered to them. no matter how odd the driver might be. They'll get more than they bargained for.

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Quentin Masters

Writers:

Don Mitchell (screenplay), Don Mitchell (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michael Burns ... Gary
Meg Foster ... Shay
Bruce Dern ... Smitty
Michael Conrad ... Diesel
Burke Byrnes ... Jack
Larry Hankin ... Simp
Eric Butler Eric Butler ... Eric
Ed Greenburg Ed Greenburg ... Ed
William Murphy William Murphy
Joyce Van Patten ... Mother
Marianna Hill ... Lynne
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An adventurous couple of hitchhikers decides to accept every ride that is offered to them. no matter how odd the driver might be. They'll get more than they bargained for.

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caution: THUMB TRIPPING could prove hazardous to your health. See more »

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Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Seks çilginlari See more »

Filming Locations:

Big Sur, California, USA See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Deluxe) (as De Luxe)
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Joy Bang was also seriously considered for the lead role of Shay, but the filmmakers ultimately decided to cast Meg Foster instead. See more »

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Featured in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 3 (1996) See more »

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I'll Be Movin' On
Written by Floyd Butler, Harry Elston, Ray Cork Jr. & Stephanie Black
Sung by Friends of Distinction
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Hitchers make strange bedfellows
28 August 2001 | by roegrocksSee all my reviews

Essentially a simple story of a young man and a young woman who make a chance meeting on the beach and are heading in the same direction, so they decide to thumb it together. While their mutual attraction grows by hormones and without the unnecessary element of romance so foreign to most young lovers, they are exposed to a series of characters who give them rides and who indoctrinate them to the dangers and wonders of life on the road. Bruce Dern and Michael Conrad are standouts as two of the drivers who move them along the highway.

There is some coming of age for both youngsters, mixed with heartbreak born from confusion and jealousy, but ultimately harmless. Again, it's really a simple, enjoyable story about a couple of hitchers.

The film treats with some of the hippie concepts from the early 70's of free love and free rides and tends to show that, as the Steely Dan song goes, "Only a fool would say that."


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