The Hitcher is a 1986 American road action-horror film directed by Robert Harmon and written by Eric Red. It stars Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Jeffrey DeMunn. Howell plays Jim, a young man who gives a ride to a hitchhiker, played by Hauer. After narrowly escaping death, Jim repeatedly encounters the hitchhiker, who is revealed to be a serial killer, and the two engage in a game of cat and mouse. It was released in the United States on February 21, 1986. Cast: Rutger Hauer as John Ryder C. Thomas Howell as Jim Halsey Jennifer Jason Leigh as Nash Jeffrey DeMunn as Captain Esteridge John M. Jackson as Sergeant Starr Billy Green Bush as Trooper Donner Jack Thibeau as Trooper Prestone Armin Shimerman as Interrogation Sergeant Gene Davis as Trooper Dodge Jon Van Ness as Trooper Hapscomb Henry Darrow as Trooper Hancock Tony Epper as Trooper Conners

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