The Hitcher

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This underrated film starring Rutger Hauer and C. Thomas Howell is similar in style and tone to Steven Spielberg's Duel and offers a very good video and audio transfer to the suspense-genre fan, if not much else. The anamorphic widescreen transfer captures the claustrophobic sense of entrapment the characters feel as they are pursued by a dangerous rogue hitchhiker on a cross-country trip. The audio, offered in either in 5:1 Dolby Digital or Dolby Surround, keeps viewers on the edge of their seats with piercing ...
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Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jeffrey DeMunn, John M. Jackson June 8, 1999 DVD New in new packaging. Language: English. Run time: 98 mins. Originally ... released: 1986. SNAP CASE BRAND NEW FACTORY SEALED! ! ! C. Thomas Howell plays a guy taking a drive-away car from Chicago to San Diego. On a whim, in the rain, and against his better judgment, he picks up a hitchhiker (Rutger Hauer). The hitcher quickly admits to being a murdering psychopath, and once Howell finally gets him out of his car, he is pursued with all the vengeance of the ancient furies. We're never sure if the hitcher is a figment of his imagination, making Howell a schizophrenic killer, or if he's real and Howell is the random victim of a wandering madman, which is how his potential new girlfriend (Jennifer Jason Leigh) thinks of him. Either way, The Hitcher is great fun, kinda scary, and teetering on the brink of "must see."--Andy Spletzer Read more Show Less

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This underrated film starring Rutger Hauer and C. Thomas Howell is similar in style and tone to Steven Spielberg's Duel and offers a very good video and audio transfer to the suspense-genre fan, if not much else. The anamorphic widescreen transfer captures the claustrophobic sense of entrapment the characters feel as they are pursued by a dangerous rogue hitchhiker on a cross-country trip. The audio, offered in either in 5:1 Dolby Digital or Dolby Surround, keeps viewers on the edge of their seats with piercing wind blowing through the back speakers and an eerie atonal musical score. The extras on the disc are minimal, including simple cast and crew bios and a theatrical trailer. Don't look for alternate languages, as there are none. Subtitles are in English, French, and Spanish.
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Special Features

Cast and crew bios; Multiple language and subtitle tracks; Scene selections
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Rutger Hauer's flair for villainy is well established, as is Jennifer Jason Leigh's chameleon-like ability to inhabit any sort of role, especially one with a trashy and/or melancholy tinge. The most surprising performance in this highly effective thriller, then, belongs to C. Thomas Howell, who grows convincingly unhinged over the course of 98 minutes of highway terror. Battered and bruised, with his puppy-dog good looks obscured by roadside grime, Howell provides a believable everyman stand-in for the audience. Stalked by a madman, stranded in the back roads of Texas, and on the run from misguided small-town police, Howell's clean-cut Chicago boy suffers through every city dweller's road trip nightmare. Eric Red's screenplay is most effective in its early scenes, which utilize psychological terror rather than the action-film-style car chases that characterize the climax. Director Robert Harmon paces the film admirably, providing frequent stops for breath even as the overall level of tension steadily rises. However, it is cinematographer John Seale, who would go on to great acclaim on such films as The English Patient, whose desolate Texas backdrop provides The Hitcher with much of its resonance. Jonathan Mostow's surprise hit Breakdown would mine the same territory with even more outré violence a decade later, but The Hitcher's climactic atrocities left an indelible pop-culture impression on audiences who caught the film on cable and video throughout the '80s and beyond.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/8/1999
  • UPC: 026359375620
  • Original Release: 1986
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  • Source: Hbo Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rutger Hauer John Ryder
C. Thomas Howell Jim Halsey
Jennifer Jason Leigh Nash
Jeffrey DeMunn Capt. Esteridge
John M. Jackson Sgt. Starr
Billy Green Bush Trooper Donner
Jack Thibeau Trooper Prestone
Armin Shimerman Interrogation Sergeant
Jon Van Ness Trooper Hapscomb
Henry Darrow Trooper Hancock
Tony Epper Trooper Conners
Tom Spratley Proprietor
Jophery Brown Stunt Sheriff #2
Janet Brady Stunt Nash
Colin Campbell Construction Man
Technical Credits
Robert Harmon Director
David Bombyk Producer
Ed Feldman Executive Producer
Dennis Gassner Production Designer
Warren Hamilton Sound Editor
Mark Isham Score Composer
Paul Lewis Co-producer
Charles R. Meeker Executive Producer, Producer
Kip Ohman Producer
Eric Red Screenwriter
John Seale Cinematographer
Frank J. Urioste Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapters
1. "My Mother Told Me Never to Do This" [8:58]
2. "What Do You Want?" [4:47]
3. Pull Over!! [3:32]
4. Gas Station Blues [6:15]
5. Who Can You Trust [8:53]
6. "Do I Look Like a Killer?" [9:37]
7. Desperate Measures [6:29]
8. Playing His Game [11:19]
9. Forced Action [7:40]
10. No Escape [6:47]
11. The End of the Road [6:03]
12. Protective Custody [8:13]
13. Showdown [8:44]
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      John Ryder: Rutger Hauer
      Jim Halsey: C. Thomas Howell
      Nash: Jennifer Jason Leigh
      Directed by: Robert Harmon
      Writen by: Eric Red
   Languages
      Englisb: 5.1 Dolby Digital
      English: Dolby Surround
   Subtitles
      English
      Français
      Español
      No Subtitles
   Theatrical Trailer
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  • Posted June 9, 2012

    Low Budget Masterpiece

    If you see any film staring Rudger Hauer see this one. Hauer isn't the type of actor who has hit after hit but this character was his best. The idea behind the film could be missed by many but just bare with the director and let him tell you a story about a young man on a road trip from Chicago to San Diego California and the cat and mouse trip with a maniac hitcher. The transformation at the end says something about the human mind and it's need to find solace. Many horror fans have stated this story as a classic and I would have to agree. This has a classic twist at the end that a novelist quoted as "choose your own suck." The hero is going to change either physically or mentally. If you rent or buy this film (just buy) you'll understand the film more. Hauer basically tells the audience what he wants when he tells our hero "I want to die." Just 4 little words: I want to die.

    Great film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2011

    highly recommended

    this is an absolutely fascinating movie. I maintain today that George Foyette is Rutger's fault

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    !!SCARY!!

    I really loved this movie! CT Howell is so sexy and a great actor. It was the first of the "road killer" movies and still stands peak high in comparison!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    emotional roller coaster

    This is an emotional rollercoaster that never lets up and never seems to stop. I was drained emotionally by the end of this picture. Believable performances by C. Thomas Howell and especially Rutger Hauer. A far better version than the recent remake.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Hitcher

    Creepy movie that starts out with unsuspecting driver picking up a stranger with one thing on his mind....bloodshed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I watched it because I thought it would keep me awake

    Terrible, terrbible, terrible. I rented it because I love horror movies that is set on the road and I was so board. Just apsolutly terrible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a classic movie

    This movie is a classic.It is one of the great road movies. there are many imitators(joy ride,forsaken), but this movie stands alone.

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