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Rutger Hauer Rutger Hauer
John Ryder
C. Thomas Howell C. Thomas Howell
Jim Halsey
Jeffrey DeMunn Jeffrey DeMunn
Captain Esteridge
John M. Jackson John M. Jackson
Sergeant Starr
Billy Green Bush Billy Green Bush
Trooper Donner
Jack Thibeau Jack Thibeau
Trooper Prestone
Armin Shimerman Armin Shimerman
Interrogation Sergeant


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Felt a lot like a great thriller from Hitchcock.

4 years, 11 months ago at Feb 15 11:24
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This was released in an era where horrors and thrillers were becoming landmarks and where the older generation of cinema was slowly changing to the modern generation and as I was watching The Hitcher it did bring back memories of the older classic thrillers but also at the same time, was the start of something new and became the dawning of a new era. There were many moments that did give me chills... read more

A good movie

4 years, 8 months ago at Jun 6 13:08
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Since I kept hearing good things about this flick, I was really eager to watch it. To be honest, I'm not usually a big fan of those cheesy 80's action movies. I mean, some of them are decent but most of them are rather underwhelming, in my opinion. However, I have definitely a weak spot for this one. Indeed, first of all, there was the mighty Rutger Hauer in all his greatness and, only for his per... read more
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Description: When a young man, driving to California by himself, naively picks up a hitchhiker, he gets more than he bargained for: the hitcher is a serial killer who mercilessly slashes anyone he meets, ranging from truckstop waitresses to happy families in station wagons. Because of a lucky fluke, the driver manages to escape the charismatic murderer. Enraged that one of his intended victims has gone free, the hitcher cleverly frames the young man for the killings. Now the driver realizes he is the only one who can stop the hitchhiker -- and his freedom depends on his success. A magnanimous young man who picks up a strange hitchhiker on ... (more)
Release date: 21 February 1986
UPC: 026359375620
Tags: 1986 (12), Thriller (12), Horror (11), 1980s (9), Murder (6), Serial Killer (6), Road Movie (5), Hitchhiker (5), Suspense (5), Dismemberment (5), Drama (5), Action (4), Blood (4), Romance (3), Jailbreak (3), Disturbing (3), Chase Scene (3), Crime (3), Series 1st (3), (3)
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