Review: ‘Detour’

Fans of Edgar G. Ulmer's noir classic, Detour, are in for a disappointment: Wade Williams' low-budget remake features both laughable dialogue and inept acting. And despite vintage cars and flashing neon, the attempt to create a period look is only intermittently successful.

Fans of Edgar G. Ulmer’s noir classic, Detour, are in for a disappointment: Wade Williams’ low-budget remake features both laughable dialogue and inept acting. And despite vintage cars and flashing neon, the attempt to create a period look is only intermittently successful.

The plot, and even some of the dialogue, is straight out of the hard-boiled original. Like the 1945 film, the remake centers on the incredibly bad fortune of Al Roberts (Tom Neal Jr, whose father played the same part in the first Detour).

The film flashes back to a New York club, where he accompanies the singer Sue Harvey (Erin McGrane). Roberts falls in love with her, but she leaves him behind to try her luck in Los Angeles.

The remake’s only significant departure from the original is in devoting more time to the singer’s character in L.A. Unfortunately, her scenes are among the film’s weakest.

Detour

Production

Williams. Director Wade Williams; Producer Wade Williams; Screenplay Roger Hull, Wade Williams; Camera Jeff Richardson; Editor Herbert L Strock; Music Bill Crain

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1993. Running time: 89 MIN.

With

Tom Neal Jr Lea Lavish Erin McGrane Duke Howze Susanna Foster Brad Bittiker
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