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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

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 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 | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Carretera al infierno See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,818,239, 21 January 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$16,472,961

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,393,046
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Despite being credited, Eric Red did not work on the screenplay. See more »

Goofs

When Jim is eating his hot dog outside the gas station, the size of it keeps changing from smaller to bigger between shots. See more »

Quotes

[from trailer]
Jim Halsey: What do you want?
John Ryder: I want you to say four little words: I... Want... To... Die
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Post Mortem with Mick Garris: Frank Darabont (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Give Up on Us
Written by Tony Macaulay
Performed by David Soul
Courtesy of David Soul
By Arrangement with Nola Leone/Ace Music Services, LLC
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Too violent remake full of action and grisly killings
16 February 2009 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This high-budget(produced by great producer-director Michael Bay) new version about the classic horror film deals about a young couple(a gorgeous Sophia Bush and Zachary Knighton) driving on a rural highway along barren landscapes. They pick up a hitchhiker(with decent acting by Sean Bean in the role of Rutger Hauer)with diabolic plans, and he results out to be a psycho.The sadistic serial killer terrorizes them while killing several people and framing them for his murders. The hitcher sets up machinations and the cops(Neal McDonough)won't believe them.

In this big budgeted version is showed on screen overwhelming car crashes, breathtaking pursuits, kinetic action scenes, unflinching terror and extreme violence .The film is told with nimble edition and fast pace .There are some noisy scenes with gunfire and blowing up and also the pleasantly visual look is quite nice. Moving and thrilling musical score by Steve Jablonsky. Colorful and atmospheric cinematography by cameraman James Hawkinson. The tale is professionally directed by Dave Meyers, though with no originality. Not without interest, however is obvious needless thriller is justly a spectacular remake inferior to predecessor.The film transpires frenetic action, and sadism that will leave you emotionally and psychically affected.

The previous films were the original, the superior ¨Hitcher¨(1986)directed by Roger Harmon with C. Thomas Howell,Jeffrey DeMoon and Rutger Hauer, ¨The hitcher II: I've been waiting¨(2003)with Thomas Howell, Jake Busey and Kari Wuher( in similar role to Sophie Bush).


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