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A brutal, nightmarish and hallucinatory tale of an innocent man who is drawn into a murder and blackmail plot after being seduced by a femme fatale.
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I just couldn't get into this one. Unlike some other movies in this genre that I DO like a lot including: Whirlpool, Dangerous Crossing, Impact...this one didn't ring true and I never got past watching this as a viewer and not absorbed and captivated by the story itself. The acting seemed contrived (especially Ann Savage) and some of the plot was unfeasible too.
considering the great reviews and things I had heard about this movie, a disappointment. but I'm glad a lot of film noir fans did enjoy it. :-)
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.Read more ›
Ann Savage's character Vera is perhaps the most blunt, cold, evil, wholly unlikable woman I have ever heard tell of. It is quite easy to see why the man we meet in the opening scene is as hateful and short-tempered as he is. As we flash back to the whole story of Roberts' hard times, accompanied by plenty of voiceover narration, one cannot help but feel sorry for the guy.Read more ›
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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.Published on Feb. 18 2014 by Linda McMullen
What a movie! The stars are B movie grade, but absolutely shine in their roles. Tom Neal is a poor but honest piano player. Read morePublished on Oct. 25 2013 by Big Bill
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 morePublished on Jan. 8 2011 by Moodywoody
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 morePublished on April 18 2006 by Ken McLean
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. Read morePublished on June 24 2004 by A zealous gun girl
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... Read more
... 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 morePublished on Dec 29 2003 by Dwight Jaynes
"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 morePublished on Dec 26 2003