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Thumb Tripping (1972)

Young Chay (Meg Foster) and Gary (Michael Burns) – two teenagers in love – encounter various characters on their aimless way while hitchhiking together along the California coast to learn about life.

Among the people who pick them up are a selfish, abusive mother (Joyce Van Patten) looking for her runaway daughter; a horny middle-aged trucker called “Diesel” (Hill Street Blues regular Michael Conrad) who locks Gary in the back so he can have sex with a not-entirely-unwilling Chay; and a switchblade-wielding Bruce Dern in full-blown psycho mode who briefly threatens to turn the movie into Last House on the Left.

A high point is when Marianna Hill, as Lynne – a wild and drunken sexy blonde white-trash wife – runs into a bar in her bikini and dances on the bar. She and Meg Foster both have topless scenes.

Music is by The Friends of Distinction.

Gary
Michael Burns
Chay
Meg Foster
Smitty
Bruce Dern
Diesel
Michael Conrad
Jack
Burke Byrnes
Simp
Larry Hankin
Eric
Eric Butler
Ed
Ed Greenburg
Mother
Joyce Van Patten
Lynne
Marianna Hill

Director
Quentin Masters