History Film / TheHitcher

1st Jul '17 2:47:25 PM Darkmage7280
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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/Take a long holiday/Let your children play/If you give this man a ride/Sweet 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.

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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/Take a long holiday/Let your children play/If you give this man a ride/Sweet family 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.
1st Jul '17 2:45:53 PM Darkmage7280
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* BadassLongcoat: In a villanous example, John Ryder wears one.
* BewareOfHitchhikingGhosts: Although the film has a living hitchhiker, John Ryder [[spoiler: has no social security number, driver's license, or any other indication that he exists]]. Oh, and he's a psychopathic killer that beats down anybody he pleases.



* BigDamnVillains: Ryder, who actually saves Jim and Nash's lives (but only so he can try and kill them later) from the vengeful cops.



* BreakTheCutie: In the original. John succeeds.



** Ryder is also briefly the target of this in the original.



* BadassLongcoat: In a villanous example, John Ryder wears one.
* BewareOfHitchhikingGhosts: Although the film has a living hitchhiker, John Ryder [[spoiler: has no social security number, driver's license, or any other indication that he exists]]. Oh, and he's a psychopathic killer that beats down anybody he pleases.
* BigDamnVillains: Ryder, who actually saves Jim and Nash's lives (but only so he can try and kill them later) from the vengeful cops.
* BreakTheCutie: In the original. John succeeds.
18th May '17 12:34:35 PM SolidTrig
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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: John Ryder comes across as almost supernatural at times. The man slaughters roomfuls of armed cops with ease, shoots down a helicopter with a revolver, and seems to vanish and reappear whenever he chooses. Rutger Hauer has even speculated that Ryder is actually a ghost haunting the desert highways.

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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: John Ryder comes across is portrayed as almost supernatural at times.supernaturally dangerous and elusive. The man slaughters roomfuls of armed cops with ease, shoots down a helicopter with a revolver, and seems to vanish and reappear whenever he chooses. Rutger Hauer has even speculated that Ryder is actually a ghost haunting the desert highways.
14th May '17 8:44:35 AM SolidTrig
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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: John Ryder comes across as almost supernatural at times. The man slaughters roomfuls of armed cops with ease, shoots down a helicopter with a revolver, and seems to vanish and reappear whenever he chooses. Rutger Hauer has even speculated that Ryder is actually a ghost haunting the desert highways.
25th Mar '17 11:32:29 AM DaBradGuy
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* ExtremelyShortTimeSpan: The film begins around 5:00 AM on one day, and ends sometime before noon the next.
22nd Feb '17 10:17:31 AM AnotherGuy
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* PopCultureOsmosis: The CruelAndUnusualDeath mentioned above is what most people know about the original.
22nd Feb '17 10:16:00 AM AnotherGuy
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* StealthPun: The film is not called ''The Hitchhiker'', but ''The Hitcher'', which is {{Foreshadowing}} of the film's most famous murder.
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.
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