No Man’s Land: The Hitch-Hiker (1953)

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Writer, director and producer Ida Lupino first fought hard for her place at Warner Brothers as an actress but when roles dried up she transferred to the director’s seat with poise to direct some hard-nosed low budget gems about contemporary societal ills. Her gritty 1953 roadmovie noir The Hitch-Hiker stands out as a relentless piece of claustrophobic filmmaking. Now fully restored and screened for the first time in The Netherlands.

Regie: Ida Lupino

Cast: Edmond O'Brien, Frank Lovejoy, William Talman


Drama, Film-Noir, Misdaad

Land: VS

Speelduur: 71 minuten

Taal: Engels

Ondertiteling: Geen


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Ray (Edmond O’Brien) and Gilbert’s (Frank Lovejoy) fishing trip takes a terrifying turn when the hitchhiker (William Talman) they pick up turns out to be a sociopath on the run from the law. He’s killed before, and he lets the two know that as soon as they’re no longer useful, he’ll kill again. The two friends plot an escape, but the hitchhiker’s peculiar physical affliction, an eye that never closes even when he sleeps, make it impossible for them to tell when they can make a break for it.