Detour (1945)


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Movie Info

This film begins when hitchhiker Al Roberts accepts a ride from affable gambler Charles Haskell Jr. When Haskell suffers a fatal heart attack, Roberts disposes of the body and begins driving the car himself. He picks up beautiful Vera, who is aware of Roberts' secret and attempts to blackmail him.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics, Cult Movies
Directed By:
Written By: Martin G. Goldsmith, Martin Goldsmith
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On DVD: Sep 26, 2000
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as Al Roberts

as Vera

as Charles Haskell Jr.

as Diner Proprietor

as Used car salesman
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Critic Reviews for Detour

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (4)

Uniformly good performances and some equally good direction and dialog keep the meller moving.

Full Review… | October 16, 2007
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One of the most daring and thoroughly perverse works of art ever to come out of Hollywood.

Full Review… | October 16, 2007
Chicago Reader
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Passion joins with folly to produce termite art par excellence.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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It lives on, haunting and creepy, an embodiment of the guilty soul of film noir. No one who has seen it has easily forgotten it.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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The world of Detour provides a sharp contrast with the cheerful domesticity and rah-rah jingoism of many Hollywood films of the period ...

Full Review… | July 23, 2014

The zenith of the B-movie genre.

Full Review… | January 14, 2011
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Audience Reviews for Detour

Doh! Hate it when I think I there is a great movie that I haven't seen - and it turns out I've actually seen it.

Pretty killer z-budget noir. Great femme fatale / nagging sloppy drunk live-in girlfriend. Lesson: fate will crush a wus, everytime.

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer


Pleasantly short and well-constructed, Detour may not be the most memorable work of film noir, however it is well-acted and features an intriguing plot. It's fun to watch and follow, especially due to Savage's great performance.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer


This film, labeled a B-movie noir, has become a cult classic and has been historically preserved for future generations. The film is often downgraded to B-movie status for its short running time and its fast pace, but the film is concrete and tight when it comes to the plot, the calculated action, and suspense. The cast includes unknowns who each give astounding performances filled with wit and danger. The entire film feels like a sad, methodical episode of "The Twilight Zone" and yet remains grounded in real life circumstances. The lead actor, Tom Neal, plays Al, a pianist who is hitchhiking across the country so he can reunite with his girlfriend in Hollywood. They've already said their goodbyes and split, so at least it doesn't start with him being optimistically happy. Things go from bad to worse as Al is picked up by a wealthy man in his car and driven near his destination. The problem is that the man suddenly dies for no apparent reason, and Al fears that he will be charged with the man's murder unless he disappears completely. His ill-chosen decision leads to him being extorted by a bothersome hitchhiker herself, who doesn't adhere to regular noir rules. His tale ends in travesty as he keeps making the wrong decision time and again, and as he continues to run and lets himself get extorted by Vera (Ann Savage) his fate becomes more and more certain. The entire film is one long tirade against Tom as he fights to get to Hollywood, tries to find some semblance of happiness, and yet he can't escape one simple mistake that wasn't even his own fault. The film moves so fast that you're not sure where the action is going to come from next, it's gritty, doesn't play by the rules of many of the previous noir films, and it tells a story that seems old as time but feels as gut wrenching and spell binding as ever.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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