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Hitch-Hike (1977)

Autostop rosso sangue (original title)
Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 21 July 1978 (USA)
A bickering couple driving cross-country pick up a murderous hitchhiker who threatens to kill them unless they take him to a sanctuary. In return he agrees to split some bank loot he has on him.

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Aldo Crudo (screen treatment), Peter Kane (novel) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Franco Nero ... Walter
Corinne Cléry ... Eve (as Corinne Clery)
David Hess ... Adam
Joshua Sinclair ... Oaks (as John Loffredo)
Carlo Puri Carlo Puri ... Hawk
Ignazio Spalla ... Mexican Way Station Clerk (as Pedro Sanchez)
Leonardo Scavino Leonardo Scavino ... Mendoza (as Leon Lenor)
Mónica Zanchi ... Girl at Camp Site (as Monica Zanchi)
Benito Pacifico Benito Pacifico ... Highway Patrolman #1
Angelo Ragusa ... Highway Patrolman #2
Luigi Birri Luigi Birri ... Man at Camp Site
Robert Sommer Robert Sommer ... Harry Stetson
Ann Ferguson Ann Ferguson ... Lucy Stetson
Fausto Di Bella Fausto Di Bella ... Motorcycle Punk #1
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Storyline

Walter Mancini is a egostical newspaper editor whom is driving across California with his spiteful wife, Eve, on a weekend getaway to save their troubled marriage. But things take a turn when they pick up a straded motorist, named Adam, whom takes them hostage revealing himself to be a fugitive running from both the police and his two acomplices after robbing a bank and making off with all the loot. But things are not always as they seem as Walter and Eve try to find a way to not only get rid of their unwanted car guest, but find a way to deal with each other when both see the tempting offer of the stolen $2 million in cash Adam always has on him. Written by Matt Patay

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A pleasure trip becomes a journey into hell. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

21 July 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Naked Prey See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Franco Nero had a broken hand throughout the film because the he actually broke his hand while punching a misbehaving horse on the set of Keoma (1976). Because of the injury the script was re-written to have Walter drunkenly fall and break his hand early in the film. Also it was re-written that Eve would be driving the car throughout the film, originally it was suppose to be Walter driving. See more »

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Reflection of lights visible in Highway Patrol officer's helmet. See more »

Alternate Versions

There is a version with a censored rape scene (with extra flames superimposed over the naked bodies) that also has an alternate ending in which the crashed car explodes just as Mancini reaches for the money - killing both him and his wife. The credits then roll over an image of the flaming wreckage. This version was shown in some European countries like The Netherlands, but also made it to VHS in some countries, like Australia. See more »

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Referenced in I Spit on Your Grave (1978) See more »

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Landmark in Nihilism
6 August 2008 | by radiobirdmaSee all my reviews

No, they don't do movies like this anymore. A tough one about self-hatred, mayhem and self- destruction: Franco Nero as a down-&-out reporter, Corinne Clery as his sexy, completely hollow spouse, plus David Hess doing his usual good- humored-and-mean-as-hell thing. "Autostop Rosso Sangue" is sleazy, sexist, ultra-violent, but not without some unforgettable moments: The naked Clery in front of a trailer holding a huge rifle in the middle of the night is like a hastily written, edgy but brilliant poem found in a tattered paperback left in a cheap motel. For a few short hours in his life, Pasquale Festa Campanile, creator of some of the worst Euro comedies ever, turned into a poète maudit of the most cynical kind. This is the kind of grindhouse cinema nobody can embrace with seventies nostalgia: mature, brutal, knowing, never "cool", always cold, gripping and utterly nihilistic. Anything else you would ask for?


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