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The Hitcher (1986)

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A young man who escapes the clutches of a murderous hitchhiker 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 ... Proprietor
Colin Campbell Colin Campbell ... Construction Man

Remembering Rutger Hauer (1944-2019)

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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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He came from hell. Don't ask him where he wants to go. See more »

Genres:

Action | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Screenwriter Eric Red said that this movie was inspired by The Doors song "Riders on the Storm". See more »

Goofs

Jim picks up a dead cop's empty revolver. When he learns to reload, they're no shells in the gun. The gun is a revolver, and does not eject it's shell casings when fired. Obviously John had emptied it and left if for Jim to find, as evidenced by the scene at Roy's cafe, where he asks Jim if he had checked the gun, then leaves him the ammo. See more »

Quotes

Jim Halsey: [trying to get policemen to help untie Nash from between two large trucks] Why don't you do something?... FUCKING DO SOMETHING!
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Referenced in Urban Legend (1998) 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 Backlash007See 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

21 February 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (4 channels)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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