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Contemporary reviews noted the effective atmosphere that director Edgar G. Ulmer achieved on a limited budget, and the film is considered by many modern sources to be a major example of film noir. According to modern sources, the film was shot in six days for a budget of $30,000. In the late 1950s, star Tom Neal was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of his wife and spent several years in prison. Detour was remade in 1992 by Wade Williams and starred Tom Neal, Jr.