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Detour (1947)

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Starring (View all)
Tom Neal Tom Neal
Al Roberts
Ann Savage Ann Savage
Vera
Claudia Drake Claudia Drake
Sue Harvey
Edmund MacDonald Edmund MacDonald
Charles Haskell Jr
Tim Ryan Tim Ryan
Nevada Diner Proprietor
Esther Howard Esther Howard
Diner Waitress
Don Brodie Don Brodie
Used Car Salesman


Written by
Martin Goldsmith Martin Goldsmith
(screenplay)


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The definitive noir

14 years, 9 months ago at Feb 22 21:24
2 votes
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 industr... read more

Detour

8 years, 5 months ago at Jun 12 19:50
1 vote
It’s rough and tough and whittles away everything so that the only remaining parts of the film are the connective tissues and bones of the tropes in film noir. This is great B-movie territory with a lot of caveats from me, yet none of them have to do with the stock footage or low budget novelty of the whole thing.

In fact, what I enjoyed most about Detour was the lo-fi rock and r... read more

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9 years, 5 months ago at Jun 20 10:27
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It´s a great, great, movie indeed for an "indie" production (bit of legend about the money and days spent but it was low-cost anyways). Best Bitchy Noir Lady Ever!
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Description: While in a highway restaurant, the bitter pianist Al Roberts listens to a song and recalls his recent past. In New York, he played piano in a dump night-club where his beloved girlfriend Sue Harvey was the singer. Sue decides to move to Los Angeles, expecting to have an opportunity in the cinema industry. She is not well succeeded and Al decides to travel to LA to meet her. Without money, he hitchhikes and he meets Charles Haskell Jr., who is heading directly to Los Angeles. When Charles unexpectedly dies, Al decides to assume his identity since the police would never believe in the truth about his death. In a gas station, he gi ... (more)
Release date: 9 January 1947
UPC: 014381870824
Tags: Film Noir (13), Drama (9), Thriller (7), Hitchhiker (6), Murder (5), 1945 (5), 1940s (5), Femme Fatale (5), Crime (5), Mystery (5), Inheritance (4), Noir (4), Car (4), B Movie (3), Pianist (3), Hollywood (3), Seduction (2), Based On Novel (2), Public Domain (2)
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PulpRoman posted a review 5 months, 2 weeks ago

“One of the roughest femme fatales ever but under that rough exterior, it's easy to see Vera was dying to be loved and cared for 'in her own way', before the slow death finally consumed her whole.” read more

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"25.6 One of the roughest femme fatales ever but under that rough exterior, it's easy to see Vera was dying to be loved and cared for 'in her own way', before the slow death finally consumed her whole."


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" Notes: Well, even though this movie has a very good reputation, it turned out to be a decent watch but, to be honest, not much more than that. I mean, sure, it was a solid film noir, no doubt about it, but there are some much better movies in this genre, at least, that's my opinion. Eventually, nothing much really happened through the whole thing and it was basically about the unluckiest main character I have ever seen or maybe, as it was argued by some critics, just a thief telling a bunch of"


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" Notes: Well, even though this movie has a very good reputation, it turned out to be a decent watch but, to be honest, not much more than that. I mean, sure, it was a solid film noir, no doubt about it, but there are some much better movies in this genre, at least, that's my opinion. Eventually, nothing much really happened through the whole thing and it was basically about the unluckiest main character I have ever seen or maybe, as it was argued by some critics, just a thief telling a bunch of"


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"First viewing - Nov. 8th It's not a good sign that 2 weeks after watching Detour I had to look up the plot to remind myself what it was about. I liked it well enough at the time, however, but clearly it didn't stick with me very well...which means in like 5-10 years I'll watch it again thinking I've never seen it. Heh. I don't recall having any issues with it, and I know I was entertained while watching it, but clearly it didn't make an impact on me. "


fernando posted a review 1 year, 1 month ago

“(OK) Forget the beginning, and began the cursed nightmaris deviation, with a peak whan wonderful Ann Savage, recriminares Neal for killing the owner of the car... then the scenes in the hotel of the pair are unforgivable...” read more

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"There’s a fragility to Detour that only strengthens its spell. Edgar G. Ulmer’s 1945 film is an inventively sparse mixture of docudrama and DIY expressionism: There are no lush sets and camera pirouettes on display here, as Ulmer makes do with found settings, isolated props, and abbreviated, shaky tracking shots that are rich in authentic and incidental textures. There is tension between edits that cobble sometimes mismatched takes together, meaning that one can almost feel the work that’s"


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A good movie

“I wasn't really sure what to expect from this flick and the main reason why I wanted to check it out  was because it is included in the '1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die'. Well, even though this movie has a very good reputation, it turned out to be a decent watch but not much more than that. I mean, sure, it was a solid film noir, no doubt about it, but there are some much better movies in this genre, at least, that's my opinion. Eventually, nothing much really happened through the whole thing and it was basically about the unluckiest main character I have ever seen or maybe, as it was argued by some critics, just a thief telling a bunch of lies to the audience but I think it would be giving this movie too much credit. Eventually, I was actually more interested in Vera thanks to An” read more

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