Hitcher, The (1986, USA) C-97m. SCOPE *** D: Robert Harmon. Starring C. Thomas Howell, Rutger Hauer, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jeffrey DeMunn, John M. Jackson. Tense action thriller about na´ve driver Howell, who picks up psychopath Hauer from the street one night, finds himself in a cat-and-mouse game, as he cannot shake the maniac off. Hauer's performance - reminiscent of his role in BLADE RUNNER (1982) - is impressive, and the atmosphere oppressive. A thriller with cult appeal and fine photography by John Seale. Written by Eric Red (NEAR DARK). Followed by a video sequel in 2003.


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