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.