History Film / TheHitcher

13th Jan '17 8:56:02 AM jeffreyloonychen
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** HotBlooded [[RabidCop Trooper Lyle Hancock]], who tried to invoke LoopholeAbuse to find an [[HeWhoFightsMonsters excuse for kill Jim rather then just arrest him out of]] [[JerkassWoobie blind grief-stricken rage]] [[RevengeBeforeReason to avenge the deaths of two of his police force buddies]]. When that does not work, he tries to shoot him anyway in front of a busload of witnesses, an action which would cost him his badge and have him be prosecuted for being a DirtyCop who went against typical police protocol. It could have been worse for him when Jim's innocence would be later revealed.

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** HotBlooded [[RabidCop Trooper Lyle Hancock]], who tried to invoke LoopholeAbuse to find an [[HeWhoFightsMonsters excuse for kill Jim rather then just arrest him out of]] [[JerkassWoobie blind grief-stricken rage]] [[RevengeBeforeReason to avenge the deaths of two of his police force buddies]]. When that does not work, he tries to shoot him anyway in front of a busload of witnesses, an action which would cost him his badge and have him be prosecuted for being a KillerCop and a borderline DirtyCop who went against typical police protocol. It could have been worse for him when Jim's innocence would be later revealed.
14th Oct '16 7:22:53 PM pepsimax
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It got a sequel in 2003, ''The Hitcher II: I've Been Waiting'', with C. Thomas Howell reprising his role as Jim, and this time featuring Creator/JakeBusey as the murderer. It was [[TheRemake remade]] in 2007 by Platinum Dunes, with Sophia Bush, Zachary Knighton and Creator/SeanBean. See also ''Film/{{Highwaymen}}'', its SpiritualSuccessor by the same director.

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It got a sequel in 2003, ''The Hitcher II: I've Been Waiting'', with C. Thomas Howell reprising his role as Jim, and this time featuring Creator/JakeBusey as the murderer. It was [[TheRemake remade]] in 2007 by Platinum Dunes, with Sophia Bush, Creator/SophiaBush, Zachary Knighton and Creator/SeanBean. See also ''Film/{{Highwaymen}}'', its SpiritualSuccessor by the same director.
8th Oct '16 6:18:46 PM jeffreyloonychen
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* PoliceBrutality: Jim Halsey ends up on the receiving end of this due to being WronglyAccused, whether it's either being abrasively mishandled while in incarceration, having an interrogator act coldly towards him despite Jim telling him about himself (though after sending Jim away, he privately expressed to one of the arresting officers, Trooper Jack Donner, that Jim is not a killer which "any fool can see that") or being a target of a vengeful {{vigilante}} RabidCop with a personal agenda to summarily execute the one responsible for the murders before finally getting shot at during a car chase by officers who are following martial law to shoot-to-kill Jim and Nash rather then just to arrest them alive, forcing them to shoot back in self defense. So does Jim and Grace in the remake.

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* PoliceBrutality: Jim Halsey ends up on the receiving end of this due to being WronglyAccused, whether it's either being abrasively mishandled while in incarceration, having an interrogator act coldly towards him despite Jim telling him about himself (though after sending Jim away, he privately expressed to one of the arresting officers, Trooper Jack Donner, that Jim is not a killer which "any fool can see that") or being a target of a vengeful {{vigilante}} RabidCop with a personal agenda to [[VigilanteExecution summarily execute execute]] the one responsible for the murders before finally getting shot at during a car chase by officers who are following martial law to shoot-to-kill Jim and Nash rather then just to arrest them alive, forcing them to shoot back in self defense. So does Jim and Grace in the remake.
4th Oct '16 6:37:05 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* RevisedEnding: [[spoiler:The film originally ended with Jim Halsey shooting John Ryder as Ryder lay prone on the highway. However, to avoid an X rating, the filmmakers shot the ending that was ultimately used (with Ryder getting to his feet, showing he is still a threat, and giving Jim at least partial justification for shooting him)]].
4th Oct '16 6:35:43 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* CreatorCameo: Eric Red can be seen in a cameo role toward the end of the film as a sheriff's deputy escorting the prisoner to the transfer bus.
31st Jul '16 2:40:28 PM bt8257
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* TheFilmOfTheSong: The movie was inspired by "Riders on the Storm" by Music/TheDoors: "There's a killer on the road/His brain is squirming like a toad... If you give this man a ride/Sweet memory will die..." Just to drive the point home, the movie opens on the road in a storm, and the Hitcher gives his name as John Ryder.

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* TheFilmOfTheSong: The movie was inspired by "Riders on the Storm" by Music/TheDoors: "There's a killer on the road/His brain is squirming like a toad... If toad/Take a long holiday/Let your children play/If you give this man a ride/Sweet memory family will die..." Just to drive the point home, the movie opens on the road in a storm, and the Hitcher gives his name as John Ryder.
14th Jul '16 10:51:05 PM huntdaddy
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* MadeOfIron: John Ryder in the remake manages to dislocated his thumb with an extremely audible "CRACK", skin his hand in bloody/painful-looking detail to free himself from handcuffs, and still is able to function said hand without any problem.

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* MadeOfIron: John Ryder in the remake manages to dislocated dislocate his thumb with an extremely audible "CRACK", skin his hand in bloody/painful-looking detail to free himself from handcuffs, and still is able to function said hand without any problem.
14th Jul '16 10:50:33 PM huntdaddy
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* MadeOfIron: John Ryder in the remake manages to dislocated his thumb with an extremely audible "CRACK", skin his hand in bloody/painful-looking detail, and still is able to function said hand without any problem.

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* MadeOfIron: John Ryder in the remake manages to dislocated his thumb with an extremely audible "CRACK", skin his hand in bloody/painful-looking detail, detail to free himself from handcuffs, and still is able to function said hand without any problem.
14th Jul '16 10:48:40 PM huntdaddy
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* MadeOfIron: John Ryder in the remake manages to dislocated his thumb with an extremely audible "CRACK", skin his hand in bloody/painful-looking detail, and still is able to function said hand without any problem.
29th May '16 12:38:34 PM Morgenthaler
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* BlondGuysAreEvil: John Ryder, who's also a sadist and psychopath.
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