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Detour (2016)

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A young law student blindly enters into a pact with a hoodlum who offers to kill his stepfather - a man he feels is responsible for the accident that sent his mother into a coma.

Director:

Christopher Smith
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Tye Sheridan ... Harper James
Bel Powley ... Cherry
Emory Cohen ... Johnny Ray
John Lynch ... Frank
Stephen Moyer ... Vincent Reed
Gbenga Akinnagbe ... Officer Mike Andrews
Jared Abrahamson ... Paul
Reine Swart ... Claire (waitress)
Nick Boraine ... Lecturer
Deon Lotz ... Mr. Parfitt
Danny Keogh Danny Keogh ... Business Man
Tamer Burjaq ... Ralph
Joe Vaz ... Barman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Bundred ... Car Hire Man
Francis Chouler ... Las Vegas Policeman
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Storyline

Law student and all round good guy, Harper, suspects that his scheming step-father, Vincent, is responsible for the car crash that sent his mother into a coma. Drowning his sorrows one evening in a seedy L.A whiskey bar, Harper is interrupted by a tough looking redneck called Johnny Ray who offers to 'take care' of his step-dad for the cool sum of US$20,000. Angry, intent on revenge and fuelled by alcohol, Harper agrees to the deal and spends the rest of his evening downing shots with Johnny Ray. The next morning, Harper awakes to the mother of all hangovers with hazy memory of the previous night's events. Answering a knock at the front door, he is surprised to find Johnny Ray and his beautiful but distant girlfriend, Cherry, ready and waiting to drive to Vegas to kill Vincent. Harper's claims that he was drunk and didn't know what he was doing mean nothing to Johnny Ray who is more threatening than ever in the cold light of day. Harper quickly realises that there is no easy way out; ...

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Genres:

Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong violence, sexual content, nudity, drug use, and language throughout | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Detour - Fuori controllo See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$145, 20 January 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$145, 20 January 2017
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Trivia

This is the second film where Bel Powley co-stars with a cast member from HBO's "True Blood". In 'Diary of a Teenage Girl' she worked with Alexander Skarsgård, and in 'Detour' she works with Stephen Moyer. See more »

Goofs

The front end of Ford Mustang alternates between 1972 and 1973 model years. See more »

Quotes

Cherry: Well, I got you all wrong didn't I?
Harper: You got me just right.
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Crazy Credits

After the first credits, the police officer can be seen dancing on the festival. See more »

Connections

Features Detour (1945) See more »

Soundtracks

LAST CHANCE TO DANCE
Performed by Ekkah
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment UK Ltd
Written by Rebekah Pennington / Rebecca Wilson / Patrick Osborne
Universal Music Publishing Ltd
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Brilliant Writing, Directing, and Acting... An Underrated Movie
28 April 2017 | by gpride2009See all my reviews

I came across this movie by coincidence , and I am so glad I decided to watch it. Why did I? Well, simply: Tye Sheridan. He impressed me so much with his acting in 'Mud', that I knew he is going to turn out to be a good actor. I was also impressed by Emory Cohen in this movie. I like actors who are versatile.I am going to keep an eye on these two.

The way the movie is written, shot, and directed is brilliant. I usually do not enjoy movies that go back and forth in time, but this is done well and for a purpose, which is revealing a twist every time, eventually putting together important pieces of the story.

Moreover, this is a movie that has wit in all the elements I have mentioned above.

Bottom line: it is a good movie that deserves to be seen. People should stop going after movies with "star power", in other words, movies with more famous actors, and should give such movies the appreciation they deserve.


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