The Hitcher (1986)
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The Hitcher tells a story that dates back to Orson Welles's Mercury Theater radio broadcasts, only with an added layer of gore and cynicism. Rutger Hauer is John Ryder, an itinerant serial killer who murders without reason. He comes upon Jim Halsey (C. Thomas Howell), whom he spares, but John succeeds in framing Jim as a murderer, trapping him in a labyrinthine maze of circumstantial evidence. Taking it on the lam, Jim is befriended by Nash (Jennifer Jason Leigh). But John Ryder is always following close behind, and Ryder has a terrible fate in store for anyone who becomes friendly with Jim. … More
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Critic Reviews for The Hitcher
A highly unimaginative slasher that keeps the tension going with a massacre about every 15 minutes.
It's a highly competent sick-fright version of the evergreen chase formula.
Mr. Hauer, who has reportedly vowed not to play any more villains or crackpots, is probably making the right decision, if this is any measure of the sort of role that comes his way.
I would have admired it more if it had found the courage to acknowledge the real relationship it was portraying between Howell and Rutger, but no: It prefers to disguise itself as a violent thriller, and on that level it is reprehensible.
Audience Reviews for The Hitcher
Jennifer Jason Lee is the actress I dislike the most. No wait, that would be Reese Witherspoon.
Rutger Hauer is cool but he's wasted in this lame thriller. Slight upside: Jennifer Jason Lee gets torn in half. Hmmm, maybe there's a movie where Reese Witherspoon gets ripped in half...
This was an amazing thrill ride one of the best ive ever seen. Rutger Hauer is awesome in this role.
The Hitcher Quotes
|Jim Halsey:||What do you want?|
|John Ryder:||I want you to stop me.|
|John Ryder:||Gas stations have cigarettes.|
|Jim Halsey:||What about gas?|
|John Ryder:||I don't need gas.|
|Jim Halsey:||What do you want? What's so funny?|
|John Ryder:||(stops Laughing) - That's what the other guy said.|
|Jim Halsey:||What other guy?|
|John Ryder:||That guy back there, the one we just passed. The guy who picked me up before you did.|
|Jim Halsey:||That was him in there?|
|John Ryder:||Sure it was. He couldn't have walked very far.|
|Jim Halsey:||Why's that?|
|John Ryder:||Because I cut off his legs, and his arms, and his Head. And I'm going to do the same to you.|
|Jim Halsey:||(yelling to the family driving in a car beside his; after seeing the Hitcher in their backseat) - Hey! Pull over! Pull over! The guy in your car's a nut! That guy's a fu*king nut in your car! Pull over! That guy will kill you! That guy, get him out of your car!|
|John Ryder:||(John leaps into the police truck that Jim is driving) - Hi kid!|
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