Sunday, November 30, 2008

Hitch-Hike (1977, Franco Nero)


Have I mentioned yet that I love Franco Nero? Well I do. Not like that, but you know he's just one of those actors that is mesmerizing to watch. Like Marlon Brando, Ray Winstone or Oliver Reed, three of my other favorite actors.

Hitch-Hike (or Autostop Rosso Sangue) is a film about the Mancini's, an unhappily married couple embarking on a cross-country trip. The husband Walter (Franco Nero) is a washed up reporter and alcoholic while his wife Eve (Corinne Clery) comes from a rich family and for some unknown reason puts up with Walter. On their trip, they pick up a hitchhiker named Adam (David Hess) who turns out to be a killer on the run with a suitcase containing two million dollars. Adam kidnaps them and decides that he wants Walter to interview and write a book about him, in exchange for one hundred thousand dollars. The Mancini's are skeptical of Adam's plan, unsure of whether he will follow through or just kill them when they reach Mexico.

Hitch-Hike has some very uncomfortable moments and is just a brutal movie. The relationship between the three main characters is very interesting though and you can never quite tell what's going to happen. This is the film that I discovered Franco Nero and it is still one of his best roles. David Hess is in fine form as well as the psychopath, not too far off from his roles in Last House of the Left and House on the Edge of the Park. Corinne Clery is beautiful and a very unique character. Hitch-Hike definitely delivers in all departments and will keep you glued to your seat until the end.

RATING: 5/5



5 comments:

  1. Yeah, I know, I'm a perv, but that's why I can be counted on to mention (well, the poster does somewhat indicate) little tid bits for the like-minded fans such as myself, that this film offers plenty of Corrine Clery fan service!

    But then again, which film of hers really doesn't!!???

    Good stuff, except during one of the most uncomfortable rape scenes I've seen on film. Not entirely Irreversible (Monica Belucci) worthy but it's an effective scene.

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  2. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah. There's plenty of that too.

    By the way, she (unfortunately) wasn't naked in Moonraker.

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  3. For the lack of Moonraker skin, she more than makes up for it in Story of O.

    Here's another non-review theme (similar to the night at the gas station post) you should do, being a fan of Bond films an all - which of the Bond gals had nude appearances in other non-Bond films and which were they?

    That could be a challenge ..as well as open up a string of films to track down.

    Here's a starter set:

    Corrine Clery - Story of O/Hitch-Hike
    Denise Richards - Wild Things
    Halle Berry - Monster's Ball/Swordfish
    Sophie (slap me in the face and call me shirley!!) Marceau - Beyond the Clouds/The Student
    Diana Lee Hsu - Various Playmate videos throughout the 90's

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  4. Six String:

    You obviously didn't read my review for Mountain of the Cannibal God. Shame on you.

    Black Belly of the Tarantula had three Bond girls, Barbara Bouchet, Barbara Bach and Claudine Auger - I don't remember which of them were naked in it though. Maud "Octopussy" Adams was naked in Tattoo. I'm sure Tanya Roberts was naked in something. Wasn't Lois Chiles topless in Creepshow 2? That's just off the top of my head. I'm sure there are plenty more.

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