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Detour to Terror (1980)

A homicidal dune-buggy trio terrorizes a busload of Las Vegas bound tourists with the intent to kidnap one of them.


Michael O'Herlihy


Sydney A. Glass (teleplay), Mark Rodgers (teleplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
O.J. Simpson ... Lee Hayes
Randall Carver ... Neil
Anne Francis ... Sheila
Rick Hill ... Kurt (as Richard Hill)
Kathryn Holcomb Kathryn Holcomb ... Alicia
Arte Johnson ... Harry Edwards
Lorenzo Lamas ... Jamie
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ... Martin Brain
Gloria Lynn Deyer Gloria Lynn Deyer ... Irene Martin
Pat Keating Pat Keating ... Joyce Landry
Chris Noel ... Peggy Cameron (as Chris Noel Hanks)
Phil Mead Phil Mead ... Finch
Pat Ripley Pat Ripley ... Lenore
Thomas Rosales Jr. ... Larry (as Thomas Rosales)
Paula Victor Paula Victor ... Sarah


A homicidal dune-buggy trio terrorizes a busload of Las Vegas bound tourists with the intent to kidnap one of them.

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Release Date:

22 February 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Desviación al terror See more »

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of the passengers buys a shirt that says "Sock it to me!", a line from Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1967) that also starred Arte Johnson. See more »


Obvious (white) stunt driver when the bus first rides into the desert. See more »


Lee: You got involved with a man with a hole in his middle
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References Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1967) See more »

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Lorenzo Lamas as you have absolutely never seen him before!
24 May 2002 | by HunapuTheWindSee all my reviews

Well you take O.J. Simpson as a all american soldier turned all american bus driver who decides to rescue his passengers on his own just incase no one else is going to and Arte Johnson in an absolutely straight role as the tour guide who doesn't know what to do but doesn't want to admit they are in trouble and combine it with Lorenzo Lamas as one of three baby faced bad boys who intend to kidnap an heiress and leave a busload of people to die on the dessert and you have got to have action, plot twists and a lot of drama. Everyone was good but seeing Lamas as the baddest of the bad boys really blew my mind. He was much too believable as the overbearing bad guy who not only wanted to kidnap the heiress but rape the women and humiliate the guy who tried to stop him. This was evidently long before he cultivated his good guy image. And believe me a 20 year old Lorenzo in tight jeans you really don't want to miss!

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