The Hitch-Hiker

Two men are held hostage by a psychotic killer.
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 10 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: July 15, 2003
  • Originally Released: 1953
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

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Total Count: 14


User Ratings: 1,885
Rating: 3/4 -- A lean, mean, nasty piece of work that deserves to be rediscovered. Full Review
From the Front Row
Aug 6, 2019
Rating: 4/5 -- Lupino draws a performance of crackling malevolence from William Talman, as the serial killer physically and mentally scarred by his abusive childhood. Equally authentic is the impotent terror of weekend fishermen Edmond O'Brien and Frank Lovejoy. Full Review
Radio Times
Mar 5, 2018
Taut, tough, and entirely without macho-glorification, it's a gem, with first-class performances from its three protagonists, deftly characterised without resort to cliché. Full Review
Time Out
Jun 24, 2006
Rating: A- -- Talman's performance as a sadistic sleaze was powerful. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Dec 10, 2004
Rating: 7/10 -- If they gave awards for holding a gun in every single scene of a film from start to finish, (William) Talman would have won. Full Review
Movie Metropolis
Nov 5, 2013
This hell-for-leather 1953 noir demonstrates Ida Lupino's facility with actors and flawless pacing. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Mar 5, 2018
Rating: B -- This suspenseful film noir is superbly acted and sharply helmed by Ida Lupino, one of the few women directors in Hollywood of the 1950s. Full Review
Jun 12, 2005

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A fishing trip turns into a journey through hell when two men pick up a homicidal maniac by the side of the road. The hitch-hiker has left a bloody trail of death across the countryside. His latest victims are forced to drive him through the desolate wilds of Mexico as he tries to make a getaway. Knowing that they may be killed at any time, the two men desperately struggle to escape. Their captor psychologically tortures them, destroying any hope of survival. As their sanity unravels, the prisoners confront the madman in a final violent showdown. The Hitch-Hiker is a film-noir thriller and is one of director Ida Lupino's finest moments.

Product Description:

An acclaimed film noir thriller in which two vacationing men are held captive by a hitchhiking psychopath with one eye that never closes. Though years of more horrific violence and suspense have dulled its impact somewhat, it was way ahead of its time. Considered among Lupino's best work, this film was the progenitor of many, many films that would follow in its tire-treads and is a must-see.


Production Notes:

  • THE HITCH-HIKER was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1998.
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A Fine, Unsettling Film Noir Thriller/Drama Movie Lover: from Trumbull, CT US -- January, 7, 2004

Frank Lovejoy and Edmund O'Brien are in fine form as a pair of pals on a fishing trip who confirm the statement that "no good deed goes unpunished" when they pick up hitchhiker William Talmann, who is positively creepy in the role of Psycho Killer. Ida Lupino (director) did a fine job with "on location" and exteriors. A very fine example of film noir and a talented actor/director (and I do mean Lupino).

Excellent Movie Lover: from Lynnwood, WA US -- August, 5, 2003

This is a real creepy movie based on a true story. It moves along quite well. Ida Lupino directed this film and did an excellent job,

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  • Sales Rank: 27,448
  • UPC: 089218418197
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