Detour

Detour

DVD - 2019
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As he hitchhikes his way from New York to Los Angeles, a down-on-his-luck nightclub pianist finds himself with a dead body on his hands and nowhere to run.
Publisher: [United States] : The Criterion Collection, [2019]
Edition: DVD special edition
ISBN: 9781681435640
1681435640
Branch Call Number: DVD DETOUR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (69 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet ([32] pages : illustrations ; 19 cm)
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Language Note: Closed-captioned

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moonbk
Jun 13, 2019

Poor script, horrible acting and you won't miss a thing if you take a DETOUR around this movie.

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chazbufe
May 23, 2019

Not even a run of the mill film noir. The plot is absurd (as are many of the background details), Ann Savage's over the top performance matches the plot's absurdity, and the cinematography ordinary. Not in the same ballpark -- nowhere near in the same league -- with masterpieces such as "Double Indemnity" and "The Big Sleep." Not worth the time to view.

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KatherineHere
May 15, 2019

I was floored by Ann Savage's performance...the eyes, the faces, the caustic language. I had to watch that part twice. The perfect virago, termagant, Gorgon...Lady MacBeth in an LA used-car lot...oh, I could go on...

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Derringer
Mar 07, 2015

Detour (a 1945 Thriller and a near-perfect example of Film Noir excellence) was severely marred by the scenery-chewing antics of actress Ann Savage, who literally bulldozed her way through her part like a rabid bitch in heat.

Detour lost itself significant points all on account of Savage. It was a good thing her character wasn't present for the first half of the film, otherwise Detour would've been a total write-off in my books.

Regardless of its low-budget, Detour (filmed in black and white) obviously had excellent production values. And actor Tom Neal, as Al Roberts, was superb. I'd say that his performance was close to being on par with anything that I've ever seen from the likes of Robert Mitchum.

theorbys Dec 07, 2013

Low budget quickie that turned out to be a film noir masterpiece from the director of The Black Cat.

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Monolith
Jan 05, 2013

I enjoyed this minimalistic, archetypal noir from Edgar G. Ulmer *tremendously*. No need for glitz or excess; just a down on his luck bum, tickling the ivories in a gin joint, and his best tomato, hoping for something better; light through the shadow. Enter, through hitching a ride, opportunity. And, naturally, bigger trouble, further down the road. And trouble, thy name is Ann Savage. What a hellcat. I was taken aback by what kind of a nightmare she turned out to be, after seeing her initially silently thumbing by the roadside gas station. I got a big kick out of her nastiness; laughed my (expletive) off. Tom Neal, with his brilliantly woeful narration, was excellent, too, as the above schmuck, and unknown to me, so I looked him up. Talk about life imitating art -- convicted of involuntary manslaughter of his wife in '65, (almost the gas chamber), and got ten years, serving six. Died eight months after being released. This movie's a keeper. FIVE STARS.

roadshowrigoletto Jun 11, 2012

Guessing that this is NOT the film that starred Sean Penn and Jennifer Lopez back before La Booty became (dare I say it?) huge? If that was you, then you're right. It isn't. Edgar G. Ulmer's archetypal film noir, made when films still could be made about working men on the margins of middle class society and how things could go wrong, awfully wrong and dreams became nightmares in the blink of an eye.

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Monolith
Jan 05, 2013

Joe (wanting change for the diner jukebox): "Hey glamorous! Gimme change for a dime, will ya?" Waitress: "Let's have something quieter this time, Joe. My head's splitting." Joe: "Is that what's wrong with it?"

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Monolith
Jan 05, 2013

Al Roberts (voiceover): "The only way I could cross country was to thumb rides, for even after hocking everything, I only had enough money to eat. Money... You know what that is. It's the stuff you never have enough of. Little green things with George Washington's picture, that men slaved for; commit crimes for; die for... It's the stuff that has caused more trouble in the world than anything else we ever invented... simply because there's too little of it. At least I had too little of it... So it was me for the thumb."

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Monolith
Jan 05, 2013

Al Roberts (voiceover): "I saw at once he was dead. And I was in for it. Who would believe he fell out of the car? Why if Haskell came to, which of course he couldn't, even he would swear I konked him over the head for his dough. Yes, I was in for it. Instinct told me to run, but then I realized it was hopeless. There were lots of people back down the road who could identify me -- that gas station guy. And the waitress. I would be in a worse spot then -- tryin' to explain why I beat it. The next possibility was to sit tight, and tell the truth when the cops came. But that would be crazy! They'd laugh at the truth! And I'd have my head in a noose! So what else was there to do but hide the body and get away in the car... I couldn't leave the car there, with him in the gully! That would be like erecting a tombstone..."

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em_ily
Apr 28, 2012

"There oughta be a law against dames with claws."

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