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The Hitcher (1986)

A young man who escapes the clutches of a murderous hitch-hiker is subsequently stalked by the hitcher and framed for his crimes.

Director:

Robert Harmon

Writer:

Eric Red
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rutger Hauer ... John Ryder
C. Thomas Howell ... Jim Halsey
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Nash
Jeffrey DeMunn ... Captain Esteridge
John M. Jackson ... Sergeant Starr (as John Jackson)
Billy Green Bush ... Trooper Donner (as Billy Greenbush)
Jack Thibeau ... Trooper Prestone
Armin Shimerman ... Interrogation Sergeant
Gene Davis ... Trooper Dodge (as Eugene Davis)
Jon Van Ness ... Trooper Hapscomb
Henry Darrow ... Trooper Hancock
Tony Epper Tony Epper ... Trooper Conners
Tom Spratley Tom Spratley ... Proprietor
Colin Campbell Colin Campbell ... Construction Man
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Storyline

A young man transporting a car to another state is stalked along the road by a cunning and relentless serial killer who eventually frames the driver for a string of murders. Chased by police and shadowed by the killer, the driver's only help comes from a truck stop waitress. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Out on the desert highway, the rule of thumb has a different meaning... See more »

Genres:

Action | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

21 February 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Liftaren See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,134,214, 23 February 1986

Gross USA:

$5,844,868

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,844,868
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (4 channels)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The coach stops at "Roy's Motel and Café" which is a famous landmark on the old Route 66, now interstate 40. It can be found at Amboy, California in the Mojave desert. It is featured in many films and documentaries. See more »

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A bus changes from a two rear axles to one. See more »

Quotes

Trooper Hancock: [talking about Jim] Don't you know who he is?
Nash: You got the wrong man, Lyle.
Trooper Hancock: Like hell we do!
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DON'T STOP LOVIN' ME
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User Reviews

A Pretty Good Thriller.
2 October 2001 | by famousgir1See all my reviews

Jim Halsey (C. Thomas Howell.) is young guy, who has to take a car, he's driving to another state. Along the way, he picks up a hitchhiker, who turns out to be a serial killer. (DUH!) The serial killer, John (Rutger Hauer.) then ends up framing Jim for the murders he really has done. Jim them finally manages to escape from the hitchhiker, when he meets Nash (Jennifer Jason Leigh.) at the local cafe. He tries to convince her and the police about the hitchhiker who's after him.

I like these kind of thrillers, including ones like this movie. They're all really exciting and this movie really keeps you interested in what happens next. The Hitcher is great and if you like thrillers, then this movie is for you.


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