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The Drifter (1988)

R | | Thriller | February 1988 (USA)
An attractive, ambitious career woman gets flat tire on a. lonely road and impulsively picks up an enigmatic hitchhiker, but after spending the night with him, she can't make him understand she doesn't want to continue their relationship.

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Larry Brand

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Larry Brand
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kim Delaney ... Julia Robbins
Timothy Bottoms ... Arthur
Al Shannon Al Shannon ... Kriger
Miles O'Keeffe ... Trey
Anna Garduno ... Matty (as Anna Gray Garduno)
Loren Haynes ... Willie Munroe (as Loren Haines)
Larry Brand ... Morrison
Thomas Wagner ... Captain Edwards
Ernest Alexander Ernest Alexander ... Eugene
JoAnn Willette ... Carrie (as Joanne Willette)
Gil Christner Gil Christner ... Gas Attendant
Al Guarino Al Guarino ... Joe Santini
George Derby George Derby ... Jawbone
Bodacious Bob McVickery Bodacious Bob McVickery ... Bodacious
Rebecca Reynolds Rebecca Reynolds ... Biker Chick
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A suspensefilled thriller about a successful single woman who, on a deserted road, picks up a mysterious hitchhiker. Once back in the city, THE DRIFTER follows her every move. Every attempt to free herself of his harassment fails until the shocking conclusion is revealed! Written by Concorde - New Horizons (with permission).

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A dark, tightly focused thriller.

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Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El vagabundo See more »

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Concorde Pictures See more »
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Stereo

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Color
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Julia tears the filter off her cigarette, but a moment later it's back on. See more »

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Julia: I don't know whether to suck it or shoot it off.
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Wonderful story idea, implausible conclusion
21 August 2002 | by mesocricetus_squatusSee all my reviews

This is a movie that had great possibilities - a woman on a road trip who has a one-night fling with a hitchhiker she picks up on the road. But the man refuses to let go, and tracks her down in her Southern California apartment, making unwanted phone calls and trying persistently to have some kind of relationship with her.

It's a fine start. But, without giving away too much of the ending, the screenwriters inexplicably decided to turn him into a good guy, attempting to create another classic "surprise ending." But it's awkward, often confusing, and ultimately entirely unbelievable. Had they story evolved differently, they could have turned this "obsessed" young man into a more sympathetic figure without all the implausible plot twists.

And a scene at the end, in which the woman is trapped with a knife-wielding killer, stretches on for minutes as the would-be-killer misses and hesitates. Real suspense doesn't have to be so clumsy or contrived.


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