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The Hitcher (2007)

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A serial killer pins his crimes on two college students who gave him a ride.

Director:

Dave Meyers

Writers:

Eric Red (screenplay), Jake Wade Wall (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Bean ... John Ryder
Sophia Bush ... Grace Andrews
Zachary Knighton ... Jim Halsey
Neal McDonough ... Lt. Esteridge
Kyle Davis ... Buford's Store Clerk
Skip O'Brien ... Sheriff Harlan Bremmer Sr.
Travis Schuldt ... Deputy Harlan Bremmer Jr.
Danny Bolero ... Officer Edwards
Jeffrey Hutchinson ... Young Father
Yara Martinez ... Beth
Lauren Cohn ... Marlene
Michael J. Fisher ... Transport Guard #2 (as Mike Fisher)
Joe Self Joe Self ... Transport Guard #1 (as Joseph Michael Self)
Brad Robinson Brad Robinson ... Correctional Officer
Kurt Grossi ... Officer Franklin
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Storyline

While driving through the New Mexico Desert during a rainy night, the college students Jim Halsey and his girlfriend Grace Andrews give a ride to the hitchhiker John Ryder. While in their car, the stranger proves to be a psychopath threatening the young couple with a knife, but Jim succeeds to throw him out of the car on the road. On the next morning, the young couple sees John in another car with a family, and while trying to advise the driver that the man is dangerous, they have an accident. While walking on the road, they find the whole family stabbed in the car, and John sees that the driver is still alive. He drives to a restaurant seeking for help, but the police blame Jim and Grace to the murder and send them to the police station. However, John kills the policemen and pursues the couple, playing a tragic and violent mouse and cat game with Grace and Jim. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Never pick up strangers.

Genres:

Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence, terror and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Rutger Hauer who played the character of John Ryder in the original was offered a cameo, but declined for artistic reasons. Hauer has since said in the press that he has yet to watch the remake, and according to some of his friends he shouldn't bother. See more »

Goofs

When the police are chasing Jim and Grace in the stolen police car, the rear driver side taillight of the stolen car is shot out as is the driver's side mirror. The taillight can later be seen unbroken along with the side mirror. See more »

Quotes

Buford's Store Clerk: [points John out to Jim] Hey, think this was the guy having the car trouble?
John Ryder: [to Jim] That was you?
Jim Halsey: Yeah, man... sorry about that.
John Ryder: Don't worry about it. I wouldn't pick me up either.
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Alternate Versions

Following advice from the BBFC the distributor elected to make minor cuts to the film in order to achieve their desired '15' classification. The cuts removed sight of blood pumping from a man close-to death (too sadistic for a '15') and sight of blood spurting from a slit throat (too graphic for a '15'). The uncut version is available on DVD and HD DVD with an 18 classification. See more »

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Closer
Written by Trent Reznor
Performed by Nine Inch Nails
Courtesy of Interscope Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A wild ride
21 January 2007 | by guyfromjerzeeSee all my reviews

So it's no masterpiece. I wasn't expecting one. As a good ol' blood-and-guts horror/thriller, it delivers. I will say is that it's not for the faint of heart, though. This is definitely a gruesome flick, even for today's standards. I was pretty close to the edge of my seat throughout 80 % of the film--so I'd say the film did its job. And watching Sophia Bush (from "John Tucker Must Die") run around in short skirts and tops made the film even more fun to watch. I do have a few mild criticisms. There are some clichéd scenes, like the main characters getting arrested and being taken to one of those precincts that only exist in movies. Only about three people are on staff, making it convenient for the killer to stroll inside, murder the officers in cold blood, and track his prey. Sean Bean plays the villain/title character. Sean's a significantly talented character actor, who most people probably recognize by face, rather than by name. This could've been a much more juicy role for him, but he's not given much to do. His performance consists of sneering and delivering sadistic one-liners in a monotone. I blame this more on his character being underwritten, rather than the actor himself. He has proved in movies like "Goldeneye" that he's capable of playing villains with much more depth. On the other hand, character actor Neal McDonough is given a pretty juicy role as the somewhat sympathetic sheriff. "The Hitcher" is not a film that will go down in history, but if you want to kill an hour and 30 minutes with a kick-a** popcorn flick, it's definitely worth watching.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,234,000, 21 January 2007

Gross USA:

$16,472,961

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,399,945
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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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