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


Dave Meyers


Eric Red (screenplay), Jake Wade Wall (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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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


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


Never pick up strangers.


Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


Jessica Biel turned down the role of Grace Andrews while Britney Spears was considered for the same role. See more »


During the car chase, a 2001 or newer model Crown Vic is spun sideways by the hitcher. However, when the same car is shown rolling over, the Crown Vic flying through the air is a late 90's model. See more »


[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

German theatrical version was cut by the distributor to secure a 'Not under 16' rating. Uncut version is available on DVD and was rated "Not under 18". See more »


References Psycho (1960) See more »


On and On
Written by Stephen Bishop
Performed by Stephen Bishop
Courtesy of Media Creature Music
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User Reviews

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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Release Date:

19 January 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,234,000, 21 January 2007

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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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