Hitchhikers, The (1972)

Hitchhikers, The (1972)

“You’re gonna do okay in L.A.”

A pregnant teenager (Misty Rowe) leaves home and is quickly caught up with a criminal group of female hippies led by a charismatic man named Benson (Nick Klar).

Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:

  • Counterculture
  • Thieves and Criminals

Husband-and-wife team Beverly and Ferd Sebastian co-helmed this exploitation flick about beautiful young women who pretend to be hitch-hikers in order to rob gullible male drivers of everything in their possession.

The film starts off as more of a feminist flick, with Rowe impregnated against her will and abandoned by her uncaring boyfriend, then raped by a man who’s bought her a burger and promises to take her to California.

When Rowe finds Benson’s Manson-esque “family”, hanging with them actually seems like the best (or perhaps the only) option left for her — and we root for her romance with Benson simply given how evil her rival (Linda Avery) is.

Regardless, the wanton actions of Rowe’s violent crew become increasingly distasteful — and by the time they’re partying and trashing their own vehicle, there’s little left to watch or appreciate. This one will strictly be of interest to fans of exploitation flicks from the ’70s.

Note: One morbidly fascinating scene shows an illegal abortion (actually, a response to a miscarriage) playing out on screen in graphic detail; knowing this film was released a year before Roe v. Wade brings added poignancy to the scene, especially considering that our nation may be headed in this direction again soon.

Notable Performances, Qualities, and Moments:
Not much.

Must See?
Nope; skip it. Listed as a Cult Movie in the back of Peary’s book.


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