The Hitch-hiker (1953)




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Movie Info

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.

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



as Roy Collins

as Gilbert Bowen

as Emmett Myers

as Capt. Alvarado

as Inspector General

as Government Agent

as William Johnson

as Proprietor

as Gas Station Owner

as News Broadcaster

as Waitress

as Gas Station Attendan...

as Mexican Guard

as Mexican Cop

as Joe the Bartender

as Hendrickson

as Chief of Police

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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