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The Hitchhiker - DVD [Import]

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  • Actors: Edmond O'Brien, Frank Lovejoy, William Talman, José Torvay, Sam Hayes
  • Directors: Ida Lupino
  • Writers: Ida Lupino, Collier Young, Daniel Mainwaring, Robert L. Joseph
  • Producers: Christian Nyby, Collier Young
  • Format: Black & White, DVD-Video, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Region: All RegionsAll Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Funimation! Unidisc
  • Release Date: Sept. 1 2005
  • Run Time: 71 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305636486
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Ida Lupino, Hollywood's sole female filmmaker of the 1950s, directs an all-male cast in a taut, 70-minute thriller. Frank Lovejoy and Edmund O'Brien are two war buddies taking a break from the wives for a Mexican fishing trip; a hitchhiker they pick up turns out to be a crazed killer wanted in nine states (William Talman, later the perennially defeated district attorney on Perry Mason) who forces them at gunpoint to drive him through the desert. Talman's Everett Myers is a fascinatingly abstract creation, filmed by Lupino first as a discorporate flurry of hands and feet, then as a satanic figure whose grinning, key-lighted face seems to float by itself in space. With his paralyzed right eye (he sleeps with it wide open), Myers may represent the return of the fascist evil the two men confronted during the war; he may also represent something inherently violent in the American male that, having been liberated by the war, has to be faced down and defeated by the two vets before they can return to a normal life. Lupino's use of the desert setting, rich with associations of nuclear devastation, seems to look forward to the science fiction films that would flourish later in the decade. --Dave Kehr --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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There was a time when people picked up hitchhikers out of simple compassion for a fellow human being. In the 1960's that is how young folk got around. This movie , and others like it , put a different spin on the subject , well before the 1960's. Made in 1953 , and directed by Ida Lupino , it is the story of two men , Frank Lovejoy and Edmond O'Brien , who pick up a hitchhiker while on a vacation fishing trip. The hitchhiker , William Tallman ( Hamilton Burger on Perry Mason ) is armed and on the run. He forces them to drive into the badlands of Mexico , and they cover a considerable distance before the victims are even missed. The constant threat generates considerable tense drama as they confront new situations around every turn. The hitchhiker does not speak Spanish , and of course few of the locals speak English , so suspicion abounds every time they encounter someone. After the car is disabled from losing all of the oil in the engine , they are forced to proceed on foot. the hitchhiker is constantly listening to the car radio to catch any news about where the authorities are searching , and the news constantly makes him more unstable. By this time the pressure is starting to make them all crazy. Just as the hitchhiker is about to get aboard a boat the Mexican cops close in , and in a fight he is disarmed by one of the victims and apprehended.
A tense , moody film noir . Way to go Ida!
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In The Hitch-Hiker, Ida Lupino presents a tense noir thriller that kept me engaged throughout. Released in 1953 as the second of a double bill, and not promoted as it should have been, this movie languished in movie land limbo for quite awhile.
Edmond O'Brien and Frank Lovejoy star as Roy Collins and Gilbert Bowen, respectively, two men embarking on a hunting/fishing trip. The trouble begins when they pick up a hitchhiker named Emmet Myers, played by William Talman. Turns out Myers is a sadistic killer who's being sought by numerous law enforcement agencies for a string of murders.
The tension and suspense start to build almost immediately, and are sustained throughout the movie as the men travel the southwestern deserts of California into Mexico. The men try to look for a means to escape, but Myers keeps a tight lease on the men, and due to his unpredictable nature and complete lack of remorse, they know he would kill without regard. Also, Myers has a paralyzed right eyelid which causes it never to close properly. This means he actually sleeps with one eye open, giving the appearance that he's always watching, even when he's sleeping. Very creepy!
As the manhunt for Myers increases, the pressure increases, and the men know that once Myers decides they are more of a liability than they're worth, he will dispose of them, as he tells them this every chance he gets. There was just enough character development provided for Myers in the tight script to give viewers a glimpse into what drives the man and his contempt for life in general. The three leading actors all play their parts very professionally, but Talman really sells his performance.
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This is a great film, but almost not worth looking at in the Alpha Video version, which seems to have been transferred to DVD from a VHS tape (there are visible scan lines and even tracking glitches). Even the VHS version seems to have been made from a dirty 16mm print. Since much of this simple but astonishingly effective film happens at night or in shadow, you'll have a hard time knowing what you're looking at much of the time in this contrasty, grainy version. Show Ida Lupino some respect and do yourself a favor at the same time: buy the restored Kino edition.
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The fear of death has never been as clearly displayed as in this movie... The two hunters - out for a joy ride - become the hunted by one of the most sinister psychopaths ever to hit the screen. Is he a god or is he a monster? Does he sleep or is he always awake? My nerves were deeply into this one. Great cast, great director, this is the ultimate road film... Captures what North America is: gigantic highways, long distances, emptiness and potential excitement. The most successful are the most primal... This one gets it! WATCH! WATCH! WATCH!
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