Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A bickering couple driving cross-country pick up a murderous hitchhiker who threatens to kill them unless they take him to a sanctuary. In return he agrees to split some bank loot he has on him.
The film was intended to be set in northern California, but the budget wouldn't allow the film to be shot outside of Italy. The filming locations of L'Aquila, Italy were chosen because the terrain looked like the American west and the road signs and gas stations were made to look 'Americanized'. This sometimes confused American tourists whenever they came across the shooting locations and found everything written in English.
In the canyon, the caravan door goes from shut to open without human intervention.
There is a version with a censored rape scene (with extra flames superimposed over the naked bodies) that also has an alternate ending in which the crashed car explodes just as Mancini reaches for the money - killing both him and his wife. The credits then roll over an image of the flaming wreckage. This version was shown in some European countries like The Netherlands, but also made it to VHS in some countries, like Australia.
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