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The Hitcher Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Pretty boy actor C. Thomas Howell stars in this dark, violent suspense film about the strange psychological bond between a traveling serial killer and one of his intended victims. Driving cross-country from Chicago to San Diego, Jim (Howell) narrowly avoids an accident when he falls asleep at the wheel. He picks up a hitchhiker to help stay awake, but within five minutes, the erratic John Ryder (Rutger Hauer) has threatened not only Jim's life, but also his manhood, brandishing a switchblade to the boy's crotch and ordering him to keep driving. Jim manages to escape, but soon Ryder begins a game of cat-and-mouse across the Texas highways, taunting the lad from the windows of passing cars, then leaving the corpses of his victims in their vehicles by the side of the road for Jim to discover. A sympathetic face arrives in the form of Nash (Jennifer Jason Leigh), the waitress at an otherwise deserted truck stop in this bleak, abandoned landscape, but the local police soon arrive, intent on hanging Jim out to dry for the string of grisly murders. The stakes continue to mount in Ryder's little game until Jim finds himself embroiled in a statewide manhunt with Nash at his side. Former cinematographer Robert Harmon made his directorial debut with this popular thriller; screenwriter Eric Red, also making his debut, would go on to write similarly brooding genre fare including Eric Red, Eric Red, and Eric Red. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

  • Release date:February 21, 1986

Cast

Rutger Hauer
as John Ryder
C. Thomas Howell
as Jim Halsey
Jennifer Jason Leigh
as Nash
Jeffrey DeMunn
as Capt. Esteridge
John M. Jackson
as Sgt. Starr
Billy Green Bush
as Trooper Donner
Jack Thibeau
as Trooper Prestone
Armin Shimerman
as Interrogation Sergeant
Jon Van Ness
as Trooper Hapscomb
Henry Darrow
as Trooper Hancock
Tony Epper
as Trooper Conners
Tom Spratley
as Proprietor
Jophery Brown
as Stunt Sheriff #2
Janet Brady
as Stunt Nash
Henry Darrow
as Trooper Hancock
Tony Epper
as Trooper Conners
Billy Green Bush
as Trooper Donner
Armin Shimerman
as Interrogation Sergeant
Tom Spratley
as Proprietor
Jophery Brown
as Stunt Sheriff #2
John M. Jackson
as Sgt. Starr
Jack Thibeau
as Trooper Prestone
Jon Van Ness
as Trooper Hapscomb

Crew

Robert Harmon
Director
Kip Ohman
Producer
Charles R. Meeker
Producer
David Bombyk
Producer
Eric Red
Screenwriter
John Seale
Cinematographer
Mark Isham
Composer (Music Score)
Dennis Gassner
Production Designer
Paul Lewis
Co-producer
Ed Feldman
Executive Producer
Charles R. Meeker
Executive Producer
Warren Hamilton
Sound Editor
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