Rockstar Recommends: “Detour”

Posted on January 11 2011, 10:40am | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Rockstar, Games

Detour (1945; Dir. Edgar G. Ulmer)

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Over the coming months, you’ll be seeing and hearing a lot from us about the dark and gritty days of Los Angeles in 1947 – thanks to our forthcoming detective crime thriller inspired in great part by the storied era of cinema known as film noir. Femme fatales, hardboiled detectives, gritty desperation, tortured internal monologues, and fatal betrayals around every corner – not to mention, that unmistakably stark and contrasty lighting characteristic of noir.

Via our Rockstar Recommends series here at the Newswire, we’ll be helping you get primed for the experience with some of our personal favorites from the genre. While there are of course the obvious classics like “The Maltese Falcon”, “Double Indemnity”, “The Big Sleep” and every other Chandler, Hammett and Cain adaptation new and old – we’ll be digging just a bit deeper to give you a few that may be overlooked, some gems that specifically are set in the city of angels showing the underside of L.A., and some great ‘neo-noir’ films of more recent years.

To start things off, we present a film regarded by many noir fans as an all-time great – and thankfully now in the public domain and watchable here in its entirety: 1945’s “Detour”. Starring Tom Neal as a desperate man hitchhiking from New York to Los Angeles to be with his fiancée, and Ann Savage as perhaps one of the most conniving, manipulative and altogether evil femme fatales in the history of cinema – when that downward spiral starts, it doesn’t stop until the final gut wrenching conclusion.

Watch it above in its entirety or at’s site:

  • R* Yon May 9 2011, 2:44pmReplyFlag
    Thanks all, the game releases next week, and for the latest on L.A. Noire visit the official site:
    • SlateX16on March 10 2011, 11:41pmReplyFlag
      Great movie. Thanks R*!
      • KnifeVonLudwinon February 26 2011, 5:58pmReplyFlag
        Hey R*,
        So I have been into noir and classic film for a while (considered film preservation as a major & wrote my history thesis on post WWII males in noir cinema) and couldn't be more proud of how L.A. Noire is shaping up. But what I am also always excited to see from you are the "recommendations" that you put forth. I am not sure if this one is making your list (since most of them are in some fashion related to your games) But I recommend viewing "in a lonely place" what I consider to be one of Bogart's greatest films.
        • OutspokenOodieon February 21 2011, 7:53pmReplyFlag
          Great flick, gotta shock when I heard Bakersfield; we have always had misfortunate killers living here. Haha :D
          • wyliemysteron February 19 2011, 1:31pmReplyFlag
            Rockstar your recommendations always get me wanting me to get a time machine and go get the game and bring it back to play for a month strait. on a unralted note if you want to posse up in RDR my psn ID is

            • theautocraton February 12 2011, 4:08amReplyFlag
              Hit the post comment thing too soon. I've been watching these movies for a while, I've seen most of the classics already. Right now, in fact, I'm watching one called "Born to Kill." Last ---ht was a Humphrey Bogart in "Dark Passage." Neither had a big detective story or anything, but they were indisputably noir films. Like
              I already said, L.A. Noir is going to be a great game, especially for those out there like me, wanting a wide brim fedora and trying to find a jazz place with cheap drinks around town.
              • theautocraton February 12 2011, 4:01amReplyFlag
                Film Noir is my all time favorite genre. You can say I'm a guy out of time, but I really love the entire era really. The music was classy, life was simpler, and everyone wore cool hats. I believe this is going to be one my most waited-for games since Bethesda's Fallout: New Vegas.
                • Beowulf71on January 27 2011, 7:29pmReplyFlag
                  I think a movie like True Confessions, starring Robert Duvall and Robert DeNiro is a must see.
                  • testnindes1on January 27 2011, 1:53pmReplyFlag
                    Great movie. Seeing it this weekend.
                    • Marney-1on January 17 2011, 11:22amReplyFlag
                      Just finished watching 'Detour' - and I'm beginning to think that cases in L.A. Noire may not always be as they seem. Maybe it would be wise to keep an open mind until solid proof hits you in the face....
                      • TheJustinAllenKon January 15 2011, 7:05pmReplyFlag
                        @R* I was wondering what kind of engine youll be using for Noire, and will there be multiplayer?
                        • Battery-Acid-on January 13 2011, 7:15pmReplyFlag
                          Thank you Rockstar, I really enjoyed the movie and I'm looking forward to more of your recommendations (and L.A. Noire, of course!)
                          It's difficult to believe it was over a year ago I was watching The Proposition and Unforgiven to prime myself for the release of Read Dead.
                          And to further satisfy; I made a note of all your previous recommendations of Westerns, which I will indulge in soon.

                          You have changed my life Rockstar Games. Again, thank you!

                          Clean and Serene.
                          • Clint147on January 13 2011, 5:27amReplyFlag
                            Loved the movie, it was excellent! I just hope you're going to be posting more! Keep up the exceptional work Rockstar.
                            • stephentayloron January 12 2011, 1:37pmReplyFlag
                              hey rockstar,the game looks amazing. one question can you flash your badge in this game?.
                              • R* Yon January 12 2011, 10:59amReplyFlag
                                @batik89 @Bosack01 and others, good to see you're enjoying this one, and look for more recommendations in the future..

                                @colephelps @Akn9sIV and any others asking about L.A. Noire - thanks, we'll consider your questions for a future edition in our Asked & Answered series.
                                • for_real_broon January 12 2011, 4:34amReplyFlag
                                  Rockstar that's a very special video, 4life man
                                  • colephelpson January 12 2011, 2:25amReplyFlag
                                    hey R* i really wanted to know that does this game advance through chapters or does this game advance through missions like all the other games you have created.
                                    • batik89on January 12 2011, 12:18amReplyFlag
                                      Great recommendation! Just watched this movie, poor Al. My favorite is "The Killers".
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