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The Hitcher
Character: Grace Andrews
Directed by: Dave Meyers
Written by: Eric Bernt, Eric Red, Jake Wade Wall
Produced by: Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller, Charles Meeker, Alfred Haber
Other cast: Sean Bean, Zachary Knighton, Neal McDonough, Kyle Davis
Release date: 19 January 2007 (USA)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Running time: 1hr 24min

Two students, Grace and Jim, gives a ride to the hitchhiker John Ryder. While in their car, the stranger proves to be a psychopath threatening the young couple with a knife, but Jim succeeds to throw him out of the car on the road. On the next morning, the young couple sees John in another car with a family, and while trying to advise the driver that the man is dangerous, they have an accident. While walking on the road, they find the whole family stabbed in the car, and John sees that the driver is still alive. He drives to a restaurant seeking for help, but the police blame Jim and Grace to the murder and send them to the police station. However, John kills the policemen and pursues the couple, playing a tragic and violent mouse and cat game with Grace and Jim.

Full Plot

Jim Halsey and Grace Andrews are driving across New Mexico to meet her friends for spring break. One night in the pouring rain, they almost hit a hitchhiker who is standing in the middle of the road near his broken down car. Jim swerves and the car spins out of control to a stop. As the man approaches, Grace insists that someone else will stop to help him and they speed off.

At a gas station, Jim sees the hitchhiker climb out of a truck. Inside, he introduces himself as John Ryder and asks for a ride. Reluctantly, Jim agrees. While on the road, he becomes violent and attacks them, holding a knife to Grace’s eye. He tells Jim the only way to save them both is to say “I want to die”. Jim hits the brakes, causing the hitchhiker to hit his head on the windshield and kicks him repeatedly until Grace opens the passenger door and he is pushed out.

The following day while driving, a family in a station wagon passes them, with the hitchhiker in the back. Jim and Grace try to warn the family, but crash their car. The couple is forced to continue on foot and they eventually find the family’s car on the side of the road; both the children and mother are already dead, with the father badly wounded and slowly dying. Driving the station wagon, the couple head towards town hoping to take the man to a hospital. After the hitchhiker attempts to run them off the road, Jim and Grace stop at a cafe, and the man dies.

Suspected of having committed the murders, Jim and Grace are arrested and brought to the police station. The hitchhiker arrives shortly after and kills everyone at the station except for Jim and Grace, who flee. Despite believing there might be a third suspect, Lieutenant Esteridge continues to pursue the couple. The hitchhiker shows up and helps Jim and Grace escape the police, single-handedly taking out all of the police cruisers and the helicopter.

Grace and Jim arrive at a motel and Jim steps out of the room to make a phone call. He is gone for several hours and Grace falls asleep watching TV, but is woken by the hitchhiker, who tries to rape her. Grace manages to fight him off and hides in the bathroom.
The hitchhiker disappears and Grace searches for Jim. The motel manager sees her with a gun, and calls the police. Grace finds Jim who is chained between a truck and a trailer. Grace runs to the truck and points the gun at the hitchhiker, demanding he stop. The police arrive soon after (still thinking Grace and Jim are the killers), and see Grace holding the hitchhiker at gunpoint, but don’t realize Jim is being tortured. The police tell her to drop the gun, and the hitchhiker tells Grace not to listen to them before driving forward and splitting Jim in half, killing him. The hitchhiker and Grace are apprehended by the police.

The next morning, Esteridge tells Grace, whose innocence has been proven, that the real John Ryder is missing and they do not know the true identity of the hitchhiker. He also informs her that he will be taking her to her parents and the hitchhiker will be transported across the state in a separate van. During the journey, the hitchhiker breaks free from his restraints and kills both the guard who is watching him and the passenger, causing the van and Esteridge and Grace behind him to crash.

Esteridge is trapped in the car and Grace takes Esteridge’s gun, slowly making her way to the van. Grace opens the van and the hitchhiker attacks her and locks her in the back. The hitchhiker shoots a pool of gasoline near the van, igniting it. Grace manages to get a shotgun from the front seat of the van and escapes as the van explodes. Meanwhile the hitchhiker shoots and kills Esteridge and walks away. However, Grace shoots him in the back and then in the chest. The hitchhiker tells her “Feels good, doesn’t it?” to which she replies “I don’t feel anything” before she shoots him in the head. (Wikipedia)

Photos & Media

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Gallery > Film Productions > The Hitcher (2007) > Promotional Photoshoots
Gallery > Film Productions > The Hitcher (2007) > Screen Captures (Blu-Ray)

Awards and Nominations

Sophia: 2007 Teen Choice Awards: Choice Movie Actress: Horror/Thriller (Won)
Sophia: 2007 Teen Choice Awards: Choice Movie: Breakout Female (Won)
Sophia: 2007 Vail Film Festival: Rising Star Award (Won)
Crew: 2008 World Stunt Awards: Best Work In A Vehicle (Nominated)

Goofs & Trivia
  • Sean Bean spent little time with his young co-stars so as to distance their relationship and make himself seem more unknown and menacing. He believed this would drive the chemistry in a more realistic fashion.
  • Jessica Biel turned down the role of Grace Andrews while Britney Spears was considered for the same role.
  • The movie that Grace is watching in the hotel near the end is The Birds (1963).
  • The song that plays at the beginning of the movie “Move Along” by the All American Rejects is also on “One Tree Hill”
  • SPOILER! – The two main characters that survive in the original film, The Hitcher (1986) – Jim Halsey and Captain Esteridge – are killed in this remake.
  • The bullet marks left on the back of John Ryder’s (Sean Bean) bullet-proof vest after he is shot form an ‘H’ for Hitcher.
Promotion

The promotion for “The Hitcher” kicked off early in 2007. Sophia promoted the movie by donating memorabilia to Planet Hollywood on January 17, 2007 in New York City, followed by a premiere screening of the film on January 18. She also appeared on the talk show Jimmy Kimmel on the day of the premiere. She was also on the cover of Insite Magazine (January issue) 2007, in which she talked about the film.

Gallery > Appearances > 2007 > 17.01.2007 – The Hitcher At Planet Hollywood
Gallery > Appearances > 2007 > 18.01.2007 – “The Hitcher” Screening
Gallery > Appearances > 2007 > 18.01.2007 – Jimmy Kimmel Live
Gallery > Magazine Scans > Magazines 2007 > Insite (January)

Official Trailer