The Hitcher (1986)

Movie review by Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Spare and engrossing original road slaughterfest.

R 1986 97 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 13+
Honestly, The Hitcher will always be my favourite movie. Everything about this movie is impressive. The idea of picking up a stranger is scary but only to have that stranger turn your world upside down all for fun is a brilliant concept. I'm nineteen now and first watched it when I was thirteen with my dad. Unlike horror movies today, this one captures the psychological unexpectedness that doesn't come from many films today. Indeed a must-watch.
age 15+

Amazing film but too violent for little ones

This is an amazing eighties thriller. You can almost taste the atmosphere in this movie. The story goes like this, a young man named Jim is taking a drive away car from Chicago to San Diego through the desert. He stops to pick up a mysterious hitchhiker who turns out to be a cold blooded murderer who kills several people. The killer (Rutger Hauer) is enigmatic, cold and intelligent -this is the best movie Mr Hauer has ever made. It's violent though I wouldn't recommend this for any kids under about 14-15.

This title has:

Too much violence

Movie Details

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