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The Hitch-hiker (1953)




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In this thriller, two men on a fishing trip pick up a hitchhiker who turns out to be a sadistic psychopath. He also has an affliction which terrifies these two men: an eye which is permanently open, thereby never allowing them to know if he is asleep or awake.more
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Ida Lupino, Collier Young, Robert L. Joseph
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 14, 1999
Acme DVD Works


Edmond O'Brien
as Roy Collins
Frank Lovejoy
as Gilbert Bowen
William Talman
as Emmett Myers
Josť Torvay
as Capt. Alvarado
Jean Del Val
as Inspector General
Clark Howat
as Government Agent
Rodney Bell
as William Johnson
Nacho Galindo
as Proprietor
Tony Roux
as Gas Station Owner
Jerry Lawrence
as News Broadcaster
June Dinneen
as Waitress
Al Ferrara
as Gas Station Attendan...
Henry Escalante
as Mexican Guard
Taylor Flaniken
as Mexican Cop
Wade Crosby
as Joe the Bartender
Gordon Barnes
as Hendrickson
Ed Hinton
as Chief of Police
Larry Hudson
as FBI Agent
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Critic Reviews for The Hitch-hiker

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | October 31, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

May 30, 2001
AV Club
Top Critic

If they gave awards for holding a gun in every single scene of a film from start to finish, (William) Talman would have won.

Full Review… | November 5, 2013
Movie Metropolis

There's no estrogen whatsoever in The Hitch-Hiker, as spare and muscular a picture as the 1950s ever produced.

Full Review… | October 22, 2013
The Dissolve

This suspenseful film noir is superbly acted and sharply helmed by Ida Lupino, one of the few women directors in Hollywood of the 1950s.

Full Review… | June 12, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Hitch-hiker


Ultimately a bit of a shaggy dog story - but the first hour is tight, unnerving ride through the postwar male American psyche.

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer


A pretty good movie, but it could be better, especially now that there have been so many other movies like this one.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


Great little Thriller by the only female directors of Hollywood's Golden Age, Ida Lupino.

It starts out amazingly and then sort of peters out toward the end, but overall very enjoyable.

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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