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  • Actors: Tom Neal, Ann Savage, Claudia Drake, Edmund MacDonald, Tim Ryan
  • Directors: Edgar G. Ulmer
  • Writers: Martin Mooney, Martin Goldsmith
  • Producers: Leon Fromkess, Martin Mooney
  • Format: Black & White, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: eOne Films
  • Release Date: Oct. 1 2002
  • Run Time: 67 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004W19C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,628 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Suspense as startling as a strangled scream! This is it, the defining motion picture in all of "film noir," written by Academy Award-nominee Martin Goldsmith (The Narrow Margin) and directed by legendary B-movie maker Edgar G. Ulmer (Daughter of Dr. Jekyll, The Black Cat). Tom Neal (The Brute Man, The Pride of the Yankees), handsome 1940's leading man, brings to thrilling life a down-on-his-luck nightclub performer who takes one wrong turn and picks up the meanest femme fatale in all of "noir," played to perfection by the incomparable Ann Savage (The Dark Horse, The Spider) in one of the most powerful and riveting performances ever recorded on celluloid.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William Kersten on July 29 2001
Format: DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven Hellerstedt on July 5 2004
Format: DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A zealous gun girl on June 24 2004
Format: DVD
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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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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By A Customer on Dec 26 2003
Format: VHS Tape
"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 example).
Way too much has been made of its low budget. Neither the story nor script call for a high budget. It is, after all, an intimate drama focusing on only a few characters depicted in merely a few settings. Were this same story to have been shot by RKO, Columbia, Universal, or even MGM, I daresee today's viewers might be startled by the pictorial similarities. For example, compare the outdoor highway/hitchhiking scenes in "Detour" against the roadside tramping of Lana Turner and John Garfield in "The Postman Always Rings Twice" and you will note a strong similarity in visual presentation.
Indeed, the sets are really on the beam, since, overdressed, overly lavish settings would have defeated the picture's intentionally shabby mise en scene.
Moreover, the lighting is superb in the cafe scenes and the fog bound walk on Riverside Drive--very ghostly, very dreamlike. All of which is to suggest, that had Mr.Ulmer a great deal more $$$ here, I very much doubt he would have approached this script, this story, by hurling unnecessary oodles of cash at it. He was shrewd enough to use such funding for those films of his which required a more opulent look, such as "Club Havana" or "Bluebeard".
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