The Painter and the Thief
On the Record
Forgot your password?
Don't have an account? Sign up here
Already have an account? Log in here
and the Terms and Policies,
and to receive email from Rotten Tomatoes and Fandango.
Please enter your email address and we will email you a new password.
We encourage our community to report abusive content and/ or spam. Our team will review flagged items and determine whether or not they meet our community guidelines.
Please choose best explanation for why you are flagging this review.
Thank you for your submission. This post has been submitted for our review.
Sincerely, The Rotten Tomatoes Team
very EVIL vibe coming from this movie
Nero and Hess...what a else can you ask for??
Cult film starring Franco Nero earned its status mostly due to co-star Corinne Clery in various states of undress.
If the casual observer mistook the luridly exploitative 'Hitch-Hike' for a spaghetti western, they wouldn't be too far afield due to Ennio Morricone's florid score that wouldn't be officious in a Sergio Leone film. Swigging off a bottle of booze and molesting his wife, Eve (Corinne Clery), after he remarks that she was in the sight of his sniper rifle minutes before, Franco Nero is downright deplorable as the loutish Walter Mancini and as the film continues on, he is not easily empathized with. In fact, he is such a philistine that he can hardly be categorized as the protagonist. Despite the fact that the audience is tipped off to David Hess' homicidal spree early when he turns off his car radio with a carcass in the passenger seat, he is so cordial and Franco is so brusque that we gravitate toward Hess. While the dubbing is occasionally desynchronized, the psychosexual subtext between the trio is riveting. Director Pasquale Festa Campanile doesn't skimp on the visceral killshots, the roadside murders of two police officers is truly sensationalized (An exit wound through a helmet is awfully gristly) At one point, a perverse symbiosis develops between Franco and Hess and a salacious 'Indecent Proposal' scenario arises for the "sex" quotient of Hess' autobiography. Priding itself with transparent Hitchcockian twists halfway through the runtime, 'Hitch-Hike' is a sadistic, sprawling rollercoaster with a somewhat sour aftertaste.
David Hess - you so crazy!
Ouldskuulli grindhousetylytys toimii aina. Joo, olihan tÃ¤ssÃ¤ vÃ¤hÃ¤n tyhjÃ¤kÃ¤yntiÃ¤ ja joitain jaksoja on venytetty hieman liikaa, mutta ei vÃ¤lii kun Hess ja Nero ovat megessÃ¤.
Directed by: Pasquale Fesa Campanile
What the hell is up with this David Hess guy? He's still alive, and he's apparently not in jail, but the guy plays a REALLY convincing anti-social, psychotic rapist/killer in EVERY SINGLE MOVIE. It starts to creep me out after a while.
The girl he rapes in this movie in particular actually says he was a very gentle, sweet person in real life, according to the DVD extras. Howver, he also self-describes as being a "violent person" who actually became less violent as a result of an accidental injury during this movie. Perhaps it's a matter of odd perceptions from odd people. Apparently, during the rape scene, the leading lady told Hess to "do whatever he wanted." Hess said he was really creeped out by the request...but kind of insinuated that they actually "did it," although he doesn't say that point blank. Clery says that she was attracted to him and got along well with him...so yah. Weird People. Hess has to be the single creepiest dude alive, even if he's the nicest guy since Mr. Rogers in real life.
That said, this is probably the best of his murder/rapist "trilogy" (along with [i]Last House on the Left[/i] and [i]House on the Edge of the Park[/i]). This movie has a bit more of a plot, better scenery, and a little less disturbing/disgusting for its own sake stuff. Even if it didn't have David Hess's insanity to be the backbone of the film, it would still be a decent grindhouse flick.
It's about a selfish, washed up reporter and his mistreated wife who are travelling to San Diego by way of Nevada, who pick up a Hitch-hiker who's car has broken down. Turns out he just finished a big heist, ditched his partners and is running away with a cool $2 million. This leads to most of the things you would expect, personality conflicts, the hostages trying to signal people without getting caught, the tense moments where they have to stop for gas or food, what they do when they take a break at night, etc. It also leads to some things you wouldn't expect. I'm not too sure what I thought of the ending, but let's just say it ends differently then I would have expected it.
It's got a lot of great scenes of Nevada (I think it's actually inland Calfornia) and mountains and rivers and stuch. It captures the small places, the gas stations, the valleys and other such things. It's a lot of fun in that sense. It combines the horror of a rape/murder/revenge exploitation film with the fun of a road chase exploitation film.
Anyhow, if grindhouse is your thing, this is well above average. Hess is creepy, the scenery is great, and it is really a good guilty pleasure all around.
Man was this a good B movie week! David Hess (Last House on the Left) plays a hitch hiker who is picked up by a feuding married couple. What happens after that is a very clever unpredictable story. This movie caught me completely by surprise by the time it was over!
The film is more of a thriller than a horror film. Hitch-Hike is a well acted study of marriage on the rocks mixed with greed, sex, and violence.
[url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/hitchhike/dvd.php?select=1"][img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/coverv/87/195787.jpg[/img][/url]This one was a dilly. Some corny 70's sing-along campfire action, but all in all a very interesting film. Dated, yes. But it still plays well today. Good sex scenes, nice bodies, handsome actors, and some rough and violent action makes this a film worth seeing. Story-line is excellent. Twists and turns in the plot. I highly recommend for the discerning viewer of exploitive film.