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


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?


Contains a spoiler for One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975) 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 Harper (1966) See more »


Performed by Oliver
Courtesy of Fools Gold
By arrangement with The Greater Goods Co
Written by Oliver Goldstein / Vaughn Oliver
(c) Published by Prescription Songs LLC
Administered by Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd - Pulse Recording Songs, administered by BMG Rights Management UK Ltd., a BMG Company (c) 2013
Used with permission. All rights reserved.
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Christopher Smith mediocre movie .
24 April 2017 | by MohammedalmegairhiSee all my reviews

not the greatest Smith's movie but it it's not bad at all , the ending was really dramatic and sad for me , it's twisting end sort of movies ,it has lot of suspense and will keep you suspended until the last moments , i liked Tye Sheridan acting but not much love for Emory Cohen acting the movie teaches us a life lesson which is never jump to conclusion and don't make decisions and take actions based on presumptions rather than facts and understanding . I consider this movie to be in the must see list all people have to watch this movie .

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