The Hitch-hiker
The Hitch-hiker (1953)

Two men on a fishing trip pick up a psychopathic fugitive with an intense hatred of humanity in this relentlessly suspenseful thriller directed by Ida Lupino and written by Daniel Mainwaring (Invasion of the Body Snatchers). Ray Collins… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: April 29, 1953
DVD Release Date: October 14, 1999
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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

If they gave awards for holding a gun in every single scene of a film from start to finish, (William) Talman would have won.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Talman's performance as a sadistic sleaze was powerful.

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Mike D'Angelo
The Dissolve

There's no estrogen whatsoever in The Hitch-Hiker, as spare and muscular a picture as the 1950s ever produced.

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Emanuel Levy

This suspenseful film noir is superbly acted and sharply helmed by Ida Lupino, one of the few women directors in Hollywood of the 1950s.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Ultimately a bit of a shaggy dog story - but the first hour is tight, unnerving ride through the postwar male American psyche.
Michael Gildea
Hitch-hiker starts off really great with an incredible opening. Lupino's a great director and I wish she did more. The acting is great, namely Talman who… More
Aj V
A pretty good movie, but it could be better, especially now that there have been so many other movies like this one.
Emily B.
Interesting due to the fact that it is directed by a female, Ida Lupino. Didn't find anything special here, just didn't quite work.
Ken Stachnik
Great little Thriller by the only female directors of Hollywood's Golden Age, Ida Lupino. It starts out amazingly and then sort of peters out toward the… More