The Hitch-Hiker

1953, Mystery & thriller, 1h 11m

46 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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Ray (Edmond O'Brien) and Gilbert's (Frank Lovejoy) fishing trip takes a terrifying turn when the hitchhiker (William Talman) they pick up turns out to be a sociopath on the run from the law. He's killed before, and he lets the two know that as soon as they're no longer useful, he'll kill again. The two friends plot an escape, but the hitchhiker's peculiar physical affliction, an eye that never closes even when he sleeps, make it impossible for them to tell when they can make a break for it.

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Audience Reviews for The Hitch-Hiker

  • May 20, 2021
    William Talman's portrayal of the sinister Emmett Myers is rarely talked about, but it should be considered as one of the best performances of its kind. Ida Lupino is considered to be the first woman to direct a Hollywood noir. The Hitch-Hiker was one of two 1950 films that featured Americans in Mexico tormented by an American psychopath. The other was John Sturges' Jeopardy.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Sep 12, 2018
    Ida 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, 2010
    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
  • May 19, 2008
    Interesting 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

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