The Hitcher

The Hitcher

Rutger Hauer
Director: Robert Harmon Cast: Rutger Hauer
Rutger Hauer
, C. Thomas Howell
C. Thomas Howell
, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Robert Harmon


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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: 04/16/2013
UPC: 0883316778586
Original Release: 1986
Rating: R
Source: Hbo Archives
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:38:00
Sales rank: 16,628

Special Features

cc Including Cast and Crew Bios

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

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hitcher
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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