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Detour (1945)

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

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Tom Neal ...
Ann Savage ...
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Edmund MacDonald ...
Charles Haskell Jr
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Pat Gleason ...
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Storyline

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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Release Date:

7 November 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Curva do Destino  »

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Budget:

$30,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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While setting up to film a hitchhiking scene, a passing car tried to pick up Ann Savage (made up to look dirty and disheveled), causing laughter in the rest of the crew. See more »

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After meeting up with Roberts, Vera's hair continually changes while riding in the convertible. See more »

Quotes

Al Roberts: He got his for being greedy. He wasn't satisfied, so the final windup was he took the count. A couple of day ago you didn't have a dime. Why you were so broke, you couldn't pay cash for a postage stamp.
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I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me
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Written by Jimmy McHugh and Clarence Gaskill
Performed by Claudia Drake dubbed by Martha Mears
Played often in the score
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One of the marvels in film history
14 November 1998 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

This is one of the all-time great examples of film noir. It can practically be used to define the genre: shadowy black and white cinematography; a star-crossed protagonist ("...fate sticks out a leg to trip you."); a femme fatale (the unforgettable Ann Savage as Vera); cynical voice-over narration; ambiguous morality. All these elements are brought together magnificently by director Edgar G. Ulmer, who incredibly made this movie in several days on a shoestring budget. His direction is so masterful that the low budget sets only add to the film. This is a great masterpiece and one of the marvels in film history.


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