The words "film noir" were coined on the back of movies like this. In fact no other film defines the landmark genre better than Detour.
A triumph of talent and inspiration over budget, Detour was made on the cheap by a Poverty Row studio in just six days.
If only Hollywood could shake the notion that the answer to recapturing the glory days means "REMAKE". The industry could learn a lot from this film, and I'm sure quite a few directors and writers have.