Hitcher (1986)

1986 Thriller, Action

User Score: 71/100


A young man who escaped the clutches of a murderous hitch-hiker is subsequently stalked, framed for the hitcher's crimes, and has his life made into hell by the same man he escaped.

Steven Spielberg‘s first feature film, 1971’s Duel, is set on a desert highway. It stars Dennis Weaver as a driver being pursued by a menacing truck, which is following him with all the vengeance of the ancient furies. In this spiritual update from 1984, C.┬áThomas 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

About Hitcher (1986)

Title: Hitcher
Year: 1986
Starring: Rutger Hauer, Jeffrey DeMunn, C. Thomas Howell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Billy Green Bush, Armin Shimerman, Gene Davis, Tony Epper, John M. Jackson, Jack Thibeau, Jon Van Ness, Henry Darrow, Tom Spratley, Colin Campbell, Brittania, Garth Shaw
Director: Robert Harmon
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.55/5 stars from 7 users. Votes: 7.
Genre: Thriller, Action

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