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Chance events trap hitch-hiker Al Roberts in a tightening net of film noir trouble.

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In flashback, New York nightclub pianist Al Roberts hitchhikes to Hollywood to join his girl Sue. On a rainy night, the sleazy gambler he's riding with mysteriously dies; afraid of the police, Roberts takes the man's identity. But thanks to a blackmailing dame, Roberts' every move plunges him deeper into trouble... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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He went searching for love... but Fate forced a DETOUR to Revelry... Violence... Mystery!

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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7 November 1945 (USA)  »

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$30,000 (estimated)
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German filmmaker Wim Wenders called Ann Savage's performance as Vera "30 years ahead of it's time". See more »

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When Al is playing the piano he is not pressing any of the keys, just moving his fingers across the tops of them. See more »

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Al Roberts: He was a piece of cheese, the big blowhard.
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Lyrics by Joseph McCarthy
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An Almost Flawless Jewel
23 January 2005 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

When I got my first VCR in 1985, the two movies I immediately rented were "Baby Doll" and "Detour." I have revisited the former many times but it's been 20 years since I saw "Detour." I like it even better.

It moves in a seamless manner. The narrator is drawn as we watch into further and further degradation.

The movie has a beautiful look. I'm sure it's a cliché to note this but it resembles a Hopper painting. It also bears the trademarks of Edgar Ulmer's movies: Literate dialogue and classical movie, no matter how low the budget.

Tom Neal is a mournful, appealing protagonist. He's weak, not really bad. Ann Savage, of course, is terrifying as Vera, the hitchhiker from everyone's worst nightmare.

Al's descent from blonde soubrette Sue to consumptive, murderous Vera is terrifying. Yet, though it passes by us quickly, it is fully believable.

"Detour" is a true work of art.


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