MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 6,668 this week

Detour (1945)

7.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.5/10 from 8,394 users  
Reviews: 146 user | 70 critic

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

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (original story), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

Free at Internet Archive

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 48 titles
created 20 Oct 2012
 
a list of 27 titles
created 30 Dec 2012
 
a list of 30 titles
created 05 Nov 2013
 
a list of 27 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 30 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Detour" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Detour (1945)

Detour (1945) on IMDb 7.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Detour.

User Polls

1 win. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Detour (1992)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
Director: Wade Williams
Stars: Tom Neal Jr., Lea Lavish, Susanna Foster
Crime | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Two fishermen pick up a psychotic escaped convict who tells them that he intends to murder them when the ride is over.

Director: Ida Lupino
Stars: Edmond O'Brien, Frank Lovejoy, William Talman
Gun Crazy (1950)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A well meaning crack shot husband is pressured by his beautiful marksman wife to go on an interstate robbery spree, where he finds out just how depraved and deadly she really is.

Director: Joseph H. Lewis
Stars: John Dall, Peggy Cummins, Berry Kroeger
Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A police detective helps a singer heading to prison for the murder of a man she claims is still alive.

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
Stars: Paul Langton, Barbara Payton, Robert Shayne
D.O.A. (1950)
Film-Noir | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Frank Bigelow, told he's been poisoned and has only a few days to live, tries to find out who killed him and why.

Director: Rudolph Maté
Stars: Edmond O'Brien, Pamela Britton, Luther Adler
Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

When a man in mid-life crisis befriends a young woman, her venal fiancé persuades her to con him out of some of the fortune she thinks he has.

Director: Fritz Lang
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea
Detour I (2013)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Trapped inside his car by a mudslide, smooth talking Jackson Alder suddenly finds himself in a situation he can't talk his way out of. With no hope of rescue, he must defy the odds; battling Mother Nature for his survival.

Director: William Dickerson
Stars: Neil Hopkins, Brea Grant, John Forest
Crime | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A doomed female hitchhiker pulls Mike Hammer into a deadly whirlpool of intrigue, revolving around a mysterious "great whatsit."

Director: Robert Aldrich
Stars: Ralph Meeker, Albert Dekker, Paul Stewart
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Paul, a young man whose father was once lieutenant Governor of California before his untimely death, has a strange, recurring dream in which his mother falls in love with a dangerous man (... See full summary »

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
Stars: Jimmy Lydon, Sally Eilers, Warren William
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  

A crazed scientist invents an invisibility formula. He plans to use the formula to create an army of invisible zombies.

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
Stars: Marguerite Chapman, Douglas Kennedy, James Griffith
Criss Cross (1949)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An armored truck driver and his lovely ex-wife conspire with a gang to have his own truck robbed on the route.

Director: Robert Siodmak
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Yvonne De Carlo, Dan Duryea
The Cavern (1964)
War | Drama | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Adventure drama during WW2 in Italy where a mixed group of people get trapped inside a cave after a bomb raid. But can they co-operate? And will they survive?

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
Stars: John Saxon, Rosanna Schiaffino, Larry Hagman
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tom Neal ...
Ann Savage ...
Claudia Drake ...
Edmund MacDonald ...
Tim Ryan ...
Nevada Diner Proprietor
Esther Howard ...
Diner Waitress
Pat Gleason ...
Joe
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

7 November 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Curva do Destino  »

Box Office

Budget:

$30,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Vera: You know how to work it?
Al Roberts: I invented it.
See more »

Connections

Featured in The Best of Film Noir (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Waltz Op. 64 No. 2 in C Sharp Minor
(uncredited)
Music by Frédéric Chopin
Played by Al on the piano (dubbed by Leo Erdody)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


43 of 50 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Similar films? Killingforcompany
My theory on Detour Paolo-15
The Ending sawsan59
Wow..That's Some Extansion Cord! jtm2004
ann savage is one sexy freak jonathan_gress
'Gimme change for a dime!' mozartmessiah
Discuss Detour (1945) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?