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Detour [Import]

Tom Neal , Ann Savage , Edgar G. Ulmer    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
One of my favourite movies of all time. A sleazy tale filled with bleakness that never lets up. Tom Neal plays the fatalistic Al spot-on. Ann Savage as the delightfully psychotic Vera is shrew-iffic. Oh my, is she ever a feisty dame! Gotta love a woman who isn't afraid to bite, kick and claw (the scene where a hitchhiking Al inquires about the scratch on the hand of the man who picked him up = classic). The voice-over (unreliable) narration can be cheesy, and so can some of the dialogue (though a good deal of it is clever and well written), yet it all works, and has become less cheesy-seeming as I've grown to love this film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my husband's favorite movies! Feb. 18 2014
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This film noir is superb, we both enjoy watching it every so often when TCM hosts it, hence had to purchase it.
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By Big Bill TOP 500 REVIEWER
What a movie! The stars are B movie grade, but absolutely shine in their roles. Tom Neal is a poor but honest piano player. He and his girlfriend put
together the money for her to go to Hollywood and pursue her big break, while Tom will follow later as money provides. She phones him with news of her
first part, and he is overwhelmed with enthusiasm and decides to get there any way he can. He gets a good ride while hitchhiking , the car owner buys him lunch
and then they switch positions so Tom can drive for awhile. Now its night and it starts to rain. They are in a convertible with the top down so Tom stops to
try and wake the car owner and put up the roof. He does not seem to wake from simple verbal inquiries so Tom pulls over and goes to the passenger side. He opens
the door and the owner falls over onto the pavement. He has gone and died while Tom was driving and now he's got a nasty head wound. Pretty suspicious looking,
so Tom decides he better ditch the body and drive on. He is stopped by a cop on a routine matter and has to assume the owners identity to not arouse
suspicion. The original owner had some nasty scratches on his face, put there by a female hitchhiker he had picked up before Tom. He tried to "get fresh"
with her and she scratched him and got out of the car. This will figure big later. Tom picks up a female hitchhiker ; guess who she is! He has assumed the
owners identity but the female hitchhiker knows different. She bides her time on that subject , and is sweetness and light personified for the first
while. Suddenly she lets on that she knows all, and suddenly turns into Lady Macbeth. Nothing can stand in her way, and she can now blackmail Tom
into anything, Ann Savage is terrific as the super bitch.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Detour ... July 29 2001
I am a great admirer of "Detour" which is probably the best low-budget film noir ever made. But this DVD is a piece of junk. It is transferred from a lousy, battered 35mm print that has badly spliced gaps and screwed-up film footage in crucial scenes, obliterating some of the best dialogue. The company that put this out should be ashamed of itself, especially considering this film is now considered a low-budget masterpiece. If you have no copy of this, get the Sinister Cinema VHS. It is a much higher quality print.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Want a ride? July 5 2004
An unshaven and weather-beaten young man sits brooding over a cup of coffee in an anonymous roadside café. A man of means by no means, as Roger Miller would put it. But Al Roberts (Tom Neal) is king of no road, and by the end of DETOUR we wonder whether he is even sovereign over his own soul.
A potential ride in the form of a friendly trucker strikes up a conversation. Where you coming from? West. Where you going to? East.
Roberts is wrong, though. He's coming from Hell and he's going to Nowhere, and the last thing he needs is a chatty trucker along for company.
DETOUR is told in a flashback from that lonely stool. Roberts and his girlfriend work as pianist/singer in a fleabag club out east. Comes a foggy night and she splits up with him to pursue fame out west. Weeks later he calls and they agree to get back together. He'll come out west and they can be married.
Being down at his heels Roberts is forced to hitchhike to California. All goes well until he reaches Arizona, where Fate deals Roberts one nasty hand after another. In short order the innocent Roberts finds and feels himself a hunted man.
DETOUR is a wonderful film. Neal is perfect as the moody young musician who finds himself trapped first by and accident and later by femme fatale Ann Savage, who know his terrible secret and has no scruples against using it against him for her own nefarious purposes. Veteran B-movie director Edgar Ulmer has enough tricks up his sleeves to surmount the Poverty Row studio conditions he was working under. If you're a fan of film noir, or enjoy hard-bitten stories, you'll enjoy DETOUR.
By the way, my thirty year old first edition copy of The Film Encyclopedia had an interesting entry on DETOUR'S star Tom Neal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A PARTICULARLY HAUNTING FILM NOIR April 7 2004
By Coleen
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This is a short, low-budget film, but it leaves a BIG impact!
I'm not going to give away the plot except to write:
You wouldn't want to trade places with Tom Neal's character for anything by the end of the film. And you'll never pick up a hitch hiker, that's for sure. If you like film noir, this is a must-see.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Greatest Film Noirs Ever Made
Detour is one of the finest examples of the magic of film noir. Made with an unbelievably low budget, you would never guess it was because it comes across as a professionally well... Read more
Published on Jan. 8 2011 by Moodywoody
5.0 out of 5 stars Hitching a Ride
Well, Steve said most of what I'd say, but I was struck by the unique dynamic between the two leads. She calls the shots, but then he ignores her obvious invitation. Read more
Published on April 18 2006 by Ken McLean
4.0 out of 5 stars One thought about the transfer to dvd...
... It was awful, in my opinion... I can't believe that they couldn't have come up with a cleaner copy. For a DVD with no extras, this was pretty edgy quality. Read more
Published on Dec 29 2003 by Dwight Jaynes
4.0 out of 5 stars Terse, taut, and vicious.
"Detour" is an accomplished work--and was recognized as such at the time of its original release, (see the "Parent's Magazine" review from 1945 for... Read more
Published on Dec 26 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Little Movie
Again Edgar Ulmer hits a home run. For a PRC production this is one great little film noir. But we all know that. Read more
Published on Dec 8 2003 by SeaWasp
5.0 out of 5 stars A low-budget film noir classic
1945's Detour is not only one of your truly vintage film noir classics of all-time, it is also ranked by many among the best low-budget films ever made, largely due to the... Read more
Published on Sept. 9 2003 by Daniel Jolley
5.0 out of 5 stars You will feel what Tom Neal feels!
Considered to be one of the best film noirs ever made. In my opinion, this is a darn good, rainy day/late night film. Read more
Published on Aug. 27 2003 by James McDonald
4.0 out of 5 stars Which Is It?
'Detour' is either the worst B movie ever made or it's a masterpiece, I can't decide which. Roger Ebert includes the film in his book 'The Great Movies,' yet other critics dismiss... Read more
Published on June 30 2003 by A. Wolverton
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