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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.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... John Ryder
... Jim Halsey
... Nash
... Captain Esteridge
... Sergeant Starr (as John Jackson)
... Trooper Donner (as Billy Greenbush)
Jack Thibeau ... Trooper Prestone
... Interrogation Sergeant
... Trooper Dodge (as Eugene Davis)
... Trooper Hapscomb
... Trooper Hancock
Tony Epper ... Trooper Conners
Tom Spratley ... Proprietor
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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The terror starts when he stops! See more »

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Thriller

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Release Date:

21 February 1986 (USA)  »

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Liftaren  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,134,214, 23 February 1986, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,844,868
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In Rutger Hauer's book "All Those Moments," Hauer discusses how producer Ed Feldman settled on Sam Elliott for the role of John Ryder. Hauer states that "Apparently, Elliott was so scary when he came in to audition that Edward S. Feldman was afraid to go out to his car afterward." Sam Elliott had a scheduling conflict and had to back out the role. See more »

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When the dog is licking the dead officer, his mouth is closed. In the next shot, his mouth is open. See more »

Quotes

[Donner photographs Jim Halsey]
Trooper Donner: Well, these are real good. Your mama's gonna like those.
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Referenced in Dawson's Creek: Eastern Standard Time (2001) See more »

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DON'T STOP LOVIN' ME
Performed by Mickey Jones
Published by Mickey Jones Music (ASCAP)
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"Do I look like a killer to you?"
6 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

The Hitcher is a marvelous thriller and Rutger Hauer is truly scary as hell. He is undoubtedly one of the best villains in cinematic history. The game that Hauer and C. Thomas Howell play out makes for a great way to spend an hour and a half of your life. You can't help but feel sorry for Howell as he can never escape the madman. Hauer has zero motive and that makes him all the more evil. And how he always finds Howell is something that is unnerving and unexplainable. It's like their paths were meant to cross somewhere out in in the desert. Eric Red's script leaves nothing to be desired. The scene where Howell is eating french fries is one of the most unforgettable in horror history. And so is the event that leads to the capture of Hauer. The end is fantastic and it's something that you want to do through the entire movie. It will definitely make you think twice before picking up hitchhikers. If you enjoyed The Hitcher, Check out Hitch-Hike (with David Hess) and Duel.


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