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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:
Bel Powley ... Cherry
Tye Sheridan ... Harper
Gbenga Akinnagbe ... Michael
Stephen Moyer ... Vincent
Sibongile Mlambo ... MGM Receptionist
Emory Cohen ... Johnny Ray
John Lynch ... Frank
Jared Abrahamson ... Paul
Jenna Saras ... MGV Barlady
Reine Swart ... Claire (waitress)
Nic Rasenti ... Johnny's friend #1
Nick Boraine ... Narrator / Lecturer
Tamer Burjaq ... Ralph
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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Action | Thriller

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 »


Johnny Ray: Don't regret the things you do. Just the things you don't.
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Crazy Credits

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


Features Detour (1945) See more »


No Fat Bitches
Performed by Toydrum vs Aidan Lavelle
Written by Pablo Clements / James Griffith / Aidan Lavelle (PRS)
Licensed courtesy of Underscore Collective/Underscore Ltd
Published by Detour Films Ltd / Chester Music Ltd
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Good film
27 January 2017 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film tells the story of a young man whose mother is in a coma due to a traffic accident. He believes that his stepfather was driving when the accident happened. Furthermore, he thinks that the stepfather is cheating, and hence he decides to sell revenge.

"Detour" is refreshing because there story splits into two storage alternate universes, one being Harper doing the things he said he would, the other not doing it. Even though the two parallel stories have the same characters, they don't get mixed up. And the two stories are both engaging and interesting. I especially like Cherry's character, and Harper's calmness in the do it storyline. I think "Detour" is a good indie film and deserves a watch.

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