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Edgar G. Ulmer's Detour begins when hitchhiker Al Roberts (Tom Neal) accepts a ride from affable gambler Charles Haskell Jr. (Edmund MacDonald). When Haskell suffers a fatal heart attack, Roberts, afraid that he'll be accused of murder, disposes of the body, takes the man's clothes and wallet, and begins driving the car himself. He picks up beautiful but sullen Vera (Ann Savage), who suddenly breaks the silence by asking, "What did you do with the body?" It turns out that Vera had earlier
Nov 30, 1945 Wide
Sep 26, 2000
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Uniformly good performances and some equally good direction and dialog keep the meller moving.
One of the most daring and thoroughly perverse works of art ever to come out of Hollywood.
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.
You can't take your eyes off the screen, and with the devilish Savage up there you wouldn't dare to.
an effective emotional rollercoaster that explores the dark side of human nature, and its concise, pessimistic view of the American Dream is still admired today.
Like great garage rock, however, Ulmer's landmark film ultimately derives its raw, jittery vitality from its very crudeness.
Reveals the masochistic strain in film noir characters, who fume bitterly about their bad luck without ever taking responsibility for their actions.
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