Making Of...
Making Of...

The Hitcher Behind The Scenes

AKA:
The Hitcher Picture
1986
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Go behind the scenes and learn what went on during the making of the 1986 Thriller movie starring Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell, Armin Shimerman et al.
Hitcher director Robert Harmon had wanted to be a director since he was a kid. Over the course of more than he a year, he painstakingly made a very impressive thirty-minute short film called "China Lake" as a kind of portfolio. Ed Feldman, the producer of The Hitcher, saw it and decided he was the right guy to develop it. This seems a highly improbable scenario for a totally untried director, until you actually watch "China Lake". Clearly of big budget motion picture quality, European DVD users are lucky enough to find it on the stunning new Special Edition DVD released Summer 2003.
The Hitcher was co-written by Eric Red, who also performed the same duties on the tonally similar "Near Dark".
Contributed by: Peter Baldinger
Lucky Filmmakers: During the nine weeks filming-schedule Harmon and his crew needed it to rain for one day and exactly on that day it was raining. The same happened when they needed stormy weather.
Rutgar Hauer scared most of the cast throughout the whole shoot by remaining in character and just about everyone in the set gave him a wide berth!
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Deleted Scenes
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Alternate Versions
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The Hitcher