1953, Mystery and thriller, 1h 11m44 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings
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Simply and sturdily constructed, The Hitch-Hiker consistently derives genuine terror from a chillingly plausible scenario. Read critic reviews
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Critic Reviews for The Hitch-Hiker
The drama itself is confined to one basic situation: captives at the gunpoint mercy of a trigger-happy killer. But, playing this conflict for all it is worth, the movie works up a good deal of sweaty suspense without using false theatrics.
Don't take any children to see The Hitch-Hiker. And if anyone who sees the film ever picks up hitch-hikers again, he'll deserve what may happen.
With nothing more than three able actors, a car, a lot of rugged scenery, and their own impressive talents as producers, authors and director, Collier Young and Ida Lupino have brewed a grim little chiller called The Hitch-Hiker.
The Hitch-Hiker is a good movie because it does what it sets out to do. Without the handicap of more "message" than story, it performs a public service in alerting drivers to possible dangers of obeying a kindly impulse.
[Filmmakers Ida Lupino and Collier Young] have kept the film down to the taut and simple fundamentals if menace, suspense and chase, and have turned out an effective job, which ought to give any viewer some nervous moments.
Like the man with the gun in The Hitch-Hiker, the man In the theater seat keeps watching for a single false move. And to the credit of all concerned with the tight little thriller [The Hitch-hiker], this spectator never caught one.
Audience Reviews for The Hitch-Hiker
Sep 12, 2018Ida Lupino directed this tough little pot-boiler of a thriller about 2 regular guys on a fishing trip who get kidnapped by one psychologically scarred piece of work for a cross-country trip via automobile. Everything's good here, everything, the direction, the acting, the writing ... a great noir.Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
Sep 05, 2010A 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
May 19, 2008Interesting due to the fact that it is directed by a female, Ida Lupino. Didn't find anything special here, just didn't quite work.Emily B Super Reviewer
Jan 09, 2008I contributed on Kickstarter to Kino Lorber's new Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers five-disc set. My reward was a code to stream one film of my choice, and I chose this Ida Lupino film noir. She was a prolific actress who broke into directing. She made a handful of film-noir features in the early '50s before working regularly directing TV episodes for the small screen. Here, in Hitch-Hiker, she shows proficiency telling a road trip story with a thrifty small cast that builds so much tension by the climactic conclusion. Edmond O'Brien and Frank Lovejoy play Roy and Gil, two buddies taking time off for a relaxing fishing trip in Mexico. William Talman plays the hitchhiking escaped convict who threatens the two friends at gun point into taking him on a joy ride. The convict is a frightening serial killer. His taunts and threats as well as the two friends disagreeing over whether to fight him two against one or be obedient until a better chance at escape presents itself keeps the thrilling drama on the edge. The contrast of bright desert sun and night time headlights on streetlight free highways suggests the Expressionistic film noir aesthetic just enough. The psychological torment of criminal and victims is really the darkest part, especially when they are trapped in the car most of the time.Byron B Super Reviewer
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