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Detour (2016)

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A young law student blindly enters into a pact with a hoodlum who offers to kill his stepfather - a man he feels is responsible for the accident that sent his mother into a coma.


Christopher Smith
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Credited cast:
Tye Sheridan ... Harper
Bel Powley ... Cherry
Jared Abrahamson ... Paul
Emory Cohen ... Johnny Ray
Stephen Moyer ... Vincent
John Lynch ... Frank
Gbenga Akinnagbe ... Michael
Sibongile Mlambo ... MGM Receptionist
Jenna Saras ... MGV Barlady
Tamer Burjaq ... Ralph
Nick Boraine ... Narrator / Lecturer
Reine Swart ... Claire (waitress)
Nic Rasenti ... Johnny's friend #1
Daniel Fox ... Officer Stanwyck
Deon Lotz ... Mr. Parfitt


Law student and all round good guy, Harper, suspects that his scheming step-father, Vincent, is responsible for the car crash that sent his mother into a coma. Drowning his sorrows one evening in a seedy L.A whiskey bar, Harper is interrupted by a tough looking redneck called Johnny Ray who offers to 'take care' of his step-dad for the cool sum of US$20,000. Angry, intent on revenge and fuelled by alcohol, Harper agrees to the deal and spends the rest of his evening downing shots with Johnny Ray. The next morning, Harper awakes to the mother of all hangovers with hazy memory of the previous night's events. Answering a knock at the front door, he is surprised to find Johnny Ray and his beautiful but distant girlfriend, Cherry, ready and waiting to drive to Vegas to kill Vincent. Harper's claims that he was drunk and didn't know what he was doing mean nothing to Johnny Ray who is more threatening than ever in the cold light of day. Harper quickly realises that there is no easy way out; ...

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong violence, sexual content, nudity, drug use, and language throughout | See all certifications »

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UK | South Africa



Release Date:

20 January 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dolambaç See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$145, 20 January 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$145, 20 January 2017
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Did You Know?


This is the second film where Bel Powley co-stars with a cast member from HBO's True Blood. In Diary of a Teenage Girl she worked with Alexander Skarsgård, and in Detour she works with Stephen Moyer. See more »


The front end of Ford Mustang alternates between 1972 and 1973 model years. See more »


Cherry: Well, I got you all wrong didn't I?
Harper: You got me just right.
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Crazy Credits

After the first credits, the police officer can be seen dancing on the festival. See more »


References A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) See more »


Performed by Deap Vally
Courtesy of Island Records
Under licence from Universal Music Operations Limited
Written by Julie Edwards / Lindsey Troy
Universal / MCA Music Publishing Ltd
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Nothing spectacular, but quite enjoyable
24 January 2017 | by Enthusiastic_ViewerSee all my reviews

Well as this is movie first movie review, I'll keep it to a minimum. With that being said, I didn't expect much from this movie. I didn't really hear a lot about it and there's not a whole lot of actors in it that I'm familiar with, with the exception of Stephen Moyer. I must say I was a bit surprised! Not a great movie that's gonna blow your mind or make you want to watch it over and over, rather, an enjoyable film worth actually watching. There's a little twist that makes it interesting and holds your attention. Actors/actresses did a fine job, they played their parts well and made them very believable. I rated this a 6 because it's worth a lazy Saturday morning watch. Enjoy!!

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