Film Feels Curious: The Hitch-Hiker

BBFC Ratingf-rated FilmFilm Feels Curious: The Hitch-Hiker

Showing: 17 July 2022 , 30 July 2022

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Sun 17 Jul 2022
Sat 30 Jul 2022

Certificate12
Year1953
GenreCrime, Drama, Thriller
DirectorIda Lupino
WritersCollier Young, Ida Lupino
LanguageEnglish, Spanish
CountryUSA
Running Time1HR 11MINS
SeasonFilm Feels Curious
Closed CaptioningThe screening on 30 Jul at 3.45pm will feature captioning.

Ida Lupino’s gritty noir deserves to become a classic of the thriller genre. A favourite of Martin Scorsese, this true crime story will leave you unsettled.

Based on the case of psychopathic murderer Billy Cook, the story begins with two friends (Edmund O’Brien and Frank Lovejoy) taking a fishing trip. Picking up a hitchhiker (William Talman), they quickly realise their mistake as he forces them on a grim road trip, fleeing a killing spree.

The hitcher is a demonic figure, sadistically taunting the two men and frustrating their escape attempts with nail-biting results.

A fascinating study of gruesome masculinity, interpreted by a trailblazing independent female director, this is a terrifyingly real ride into the heart of darkness.

This screening is part of Film Feels Curious, a UK-wide cinema season, supported by the National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network. Explore all films and events at filmfeels.co.uk.

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