The Hitcher

The Hitcher

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The Hitcher

Pretty boy actor C. Thomas Howell stars in this dark, violent suspense film about the strange psychological bond between a traveling serial killer and one of his intended victims. Driving cross-country from Chicago to San Diego, Jim (Howell) narrowly avoids an accident when he falls asleep at the wheel. He picks up a hitchhiker to help stay awake, but within five minutes, the erratic John Ryder (Rutger Hauer) has threatened not only Jim's life, but also his manhood, brandishing a switchblade to the boy's crotch and ordering him to keep driving. Jim manages to escape, but soon Ryder begins a game of cat-and-mouse across the Texas highways, taunting the lad from the windows of passing cars, then leaving the corpses of his victims in their vehicles by the side of the road for Jim to discover. A sympathetic face arrives in the form of Nash (Jennifer Jason Leigh), the waitress at an otherwise deserted truck stop in this bleak, abandoned landscape, but the local police soon arrive, intent on hanging Jim out to dry for the string of grisly murders. The stakes continue to mount in Ryder's little game until Jim finds himself embroiled in a statewide manhunt with Nash at his side. Former cinematographer Robert Harmon made his directorial debut with this popular thriller; screenwriter Eric Red, also making his debut, would go on to write similarly brooding genre fare including Near Dark, Bad Moon, and Alien 3.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/13/1993
UPC: 0026359375637
Original Release: 1986
Rating: R
Source: Hbo Home Video

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
Kip Ohman Producer
Eric Red Screenwriter
John Seale Cinematographer
Frank J. Urioste Editor

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The Hitcher 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Bastett More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is an absolutely fascinating movie. I maintain today that George Foyette is Rutger's fault
Guest More than 1 year ago
Creepy movie that starts out with unsuspecting driver picking up a stranger with one thing on his mind....bloodshed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.