Detour
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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 accepted a ride from Haskell and has immediately spotted Roberts as a ringer.… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

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"Uniformly good performances and some equally good direction and dialog keep the meller moving."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Ulmer's threadbare bondage-noir masterpiece"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"A film that must be seen to be (dis)believed."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Tawdry, textbook example of classic "B" film noir."
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
"One of the most daring and thoroughly perverse works of art ever to come out of Hollywood."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The world of Detour provides a sharp contrast with the cheerful domesticity and rah-rah jingoism of many Hollywood films of the period ..."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"You can't take your eyes off the screen, and with the devilish Savage up there you wouldn't dare to."
‑ , Film4
"quintessential noir territory"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"Strange, paranoid thriller using minimal sets and budget."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"Passion joins with folly to produce termite art par excellence."
‑ , Time Out
"The zenith of the B-movie genre."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"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."
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"Like great garage rock, however, Ulmer's landmark film ultimately derives its raw, jittery vitality from its very crudeness."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"Reveals the masochistic strain in film noir characters, who fume bitterly about their bad luck without ever taking responsibility for their actions."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
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