Detour (1945)

Detour, called by many the ultimate "film noir," made on a shoe-string budget, and utilizing "night-for-night cinematography, creates a bleak, uncompromising, pessimistic nightmare world where its inhabitants can expect… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 30, 1945
DVD Release Date: September 26, 2000
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Variety Staff

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

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Fernando F. Croce

Ulmer's threadbare bondage-noir masterpiece

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

One of the most daring and thoroughly perverse works of art ever to come out of Hollywood.

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Sarah Boslaugh

The world of Detour provides a sharp contrast with the cheerful domesticity and rah-rah jingoism of many Hollywood films of the period ...

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You can't take your eyes off the screen, and with the devilish Savage up there you wouldn't dare to.

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Time Out

Passion joins with folly to produce termite art par excellence.

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Phil Hall
Film Threat

The zenith of the B-movie genre.

Douglas Pratt

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
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.… More
Josh Morris
I, and thousands of others, have been obsessed with Detour since we first saw it. This seedy, NO-budget noir flick is chock full of every type of physical and… More
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
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.… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Moody noir that, like many others of the time hasn't really aged well. Stuck in the cliches of the genre, depending on huge coincidences and what not.… More
Spencer S.
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… More
Randy Tippy
Tom Neal's having a really, really, really, really bad couple of days. Seriously.