After some working the ranch montages and a bar fight, we see Beau chase down Sugar and rape her. This is the seventies and Texas Detour is a “hicksploitation” flick so that is par for the course. This sets Clay up to chase down Beau and beat the hell out of him. But the sheriff stops him before he does too much damage, though Beau is pissed off. Since his family runs the town, the sheriff can’t do much about it. After Clay beds Beau’s sister Claudia (played by Priscilla Barnes) and Beau is killed by someone else in a barfight things get crazy. Everyone blames Clay for the murder, despite having an alibi provided by Claudia which leads to one final car chase as the they try to escape the county with the sheriff and father of Beau and Claudia in hot pursuit.
love these movies and their odd screwed up seventies’ logic. The rich family
can get away with anything because they own everything. But their influence
ends at the county line so all you have to do is get there or in this case jump
over a roadblock! This same basic plot was used repeatedly in these cheap but
entertaining drive-in flicks. Here they don’t screw the formula up as the movie
plays out something like this. Car chase 1, dirt bike race, bar fight with
hicks, horse vs. dirt bike race, bad thing happens (rape), another dirt bike
race, and final car chase. You mix in some musical numbers and the working on
the ranch montage, and you have yourself a movie. Simple but effective as
something interesting is always happening from the opening credits to the final
Did he ever play a good guy?
cast is filled with familiar faces including Patrick Wayne as Clay, R.G.
Armstrong as Sheriff Burt, Anthony James as Beau (did he ever play a good
guy?), and Cameron Mitchell as the pissed off patriarch of the powerful family.
Of course, I’ve already mentioned Priscilla Barnes of Threes Company
fame in her first starring role. This is a solid “B” cast bolstered with a few
Hollywood veterans to round things out. I miss the days when you could get
solid working character actors to show up and put in a good day’s work
regardless of what kind of movie they were making. I think that is what is
missing in today’s low budget flicks.
Love seeing familiar faces
This isn’t a classic or even a great movie if I’m being honest. Texas Detour knows the formula, adheres to it, and in the end provides us with a fun way to kill an hour and a half. Not everything needs to be art or reinvent storytelling/filmmaking. Some movies are just meant to be a good time. With that in mind I recommend folks track down a copy and check this one out.
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