Plot (credit to IMDB): In flashback, New York nightclub pianist Al Roberts hitchhikes to Hollywood to join his girl Sue. On a rainy night, the sleazy gambler he’s riding with mysteriously dies; afraid of the police, Roberts takes the man’s identity. But thanks to a blackmailing dame, Roberts’ every move plunges him deeper into trouble.
Why It’s a Staff Pick: Murder, blackmail, and a beautiful, seductive femme fatale – Detour has all of this, and more. The makings of a brilliant film noir to start, but what really sets Detour apart is its style and its general cool attitude, not to mention it’s made even better by the fact that it was filmed on a measly budget of only 30,000 dollars. Seeing this movie, and its sharp direction and cool style you certainly cannot tell that the budget was THAT low. And apart from the brilliant style and intensity of Detour, there are some terrific performances by Tom Neal, as the down-on-his-luck hitchhiker who gets caught up in the mess of a lifetime, and especially by Ann Savage, the seductive but possibly dangerous femme fatale who causes most of it. Detour is not only a great noir, but it’s a brilliant piece of filmmaking with a style way ahead of its time.
My Rating: 9/10
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