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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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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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A Curva do Destino  »

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

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To save on production costs,Leo Erdody, the film's composer, was recorded and filmed playing two classical piano pieces, Frédéric Chopin's "Waltz No. 7 in C# minor" and Johannes Brahms' "Waltz Op. 39 no. 15 in Ab Major" as a favor for director Edgar G. Ulmer. Al Roberts (Tom Neal) "performs" the piano pieces during scenes set in the "Break of Dawn" nightclub. Erdödy's hands, in close-up, can be seen playing during the Brahms. See more »

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

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Al Roberts: Yes. Fate, or some mysterious force, can put the finger on you or me for no good reason at all.
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I'm Always Chasing Rainbows
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Music by Harry Carroll
Lyrics by Joseph McCarthy
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Classic film noir
8 July 2004 | by (Brooklyn, New York, USA) – See all my reviews

You can quibble about details, but it's hard to deny that this is a classic in its genre. Al Roberts (Tom Neal) makes a series of bad choices that bring him low. They're the choices of a not particularly bright young man under increasing pressure. Vera (Ann Savage) is the quintessential Bad Girl. Their repartee, indeed much of the dialogue throughout, is a big part of the attraction of this film. The plot, presented in flashback, barrels on relentlessly to its conclusion. The characterizations, dialogue, plot, photography--all contribute to make this taut, gritty film a must for film noir enthusiasts. My only real disappointment is with the rather abrupt end. On the whole, though, great fun.


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