Few low-budget public domain movies can better this excellent film noir about a normal guy who hitchhike on the wrong ride and then gets involved with a dead man and a hateful woman who blackmails him into sharing a hotel room with her. It is excellent stuff based upon a novel and while the acting mostly could have been better Ann Savage steals every scene when she turns up midway through.
I think this should be on a must-see list. Ann Savage plays the meanest snake I've ever seen, but with a vulnerability that makes it real. Tom Neal plays the sad sack so well. It turned out that his real life was more dramatic than most films. He went to jail for 6 years for killing his wife. He may not have been the nicest guy in real life.
Real talk: The men of film-noir are almost always caricatures, even when they're entertaining. That's why I love Tom Neal's Al Roberts, whose nervous energy and earnestness more than sell the wrong-place-wrong-time narrative. At 67 minutes, "Detour" is taut, tense stuff; it's also public domain, so check it out.
At a mere 68 minutes, Detour is certainly an economical film-noir, but isn't necessarily gripping. It isn't very memorable in its impact since it never really gets the tension riding high, and feels rough in its storytelling elements. Even its cinematic style is shaky and generic compared to others of its genre, with no cinematic personality of its own, whether it was shot cheap n' quick... or not (as often debated.)
What an insane little noir. Basically taking all the elements of noir, amping them up on steroids, and shortening the run time to make the whole sense of doom even more claustrophobic. Savage's performance is over the top in the best way, think Bette Davis at her most indulgent. A shame most prints are shit (public domain), the one TCM airs is of decent quality however. Essential noir
A perfect nightmare of a film with characters that would never have been allowed to appear in a more expensive production, in it Ulmer seems to have just happened upon the perfect vehicle for his considerable stock of artistic skills and gifts. It all looks both coincidental and inevitable. Tom Neal and Ann Savage are perfectly cast and matched as the doomed Jazz musician and the woman he wishes he hadn't picked up.
Kurgu yerlerde fakat yine de çok iyi bir film. Öyle ki insanı saykodelik senaryolar yazmaya itiyor. Bu güne dek birçok yol hikayesi izledim ve okudum fakat bunlardan pek azı, "yol hikayesi" tipini bir kimlik bunalımı perspektifinde irdelemiştir (Hermann Hesse'nin Siddhartha'sı bunun iyi bir örneği sayılabilir örneğin). Bu film yola çıkanın benliğini ve olası kimliklerini yitirmesinin filmi gibi. Tavsiye edilir.
A good B noir, with a simple and straightforward plot and right atmosphere. The use of the voice-over is conventional but fine. The problem is the ending. In a matter of minutes we first hear that the police are looking for a (dead) man responsible for the death of a wife he never had, and then we see the police car pulling over and picking up the real murderer, the storyteller. The movie is far too short.