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Detour to Terror (1980)

A homicidal dune-buggy trio terrorizes a busload of Las Vegas bound tourists with the intent to kidnap one of them.

Director:

Michael O'Herlihy

Writers:

Sydney A. Glass (teleplay), Mark Rodgers (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
O.J. Simpson ... Lee Hayes
Randall Carver ... Neil
Anne Francis ... Sheila
Rick Hill ... Kurt (as Richard Hill)
Kathryn Holcomb Kathryn Holcomb ... Alicia
Arte Johnson ... Harry Edwards
Lorenzo Lamas ... Jamie
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ... Martin Brain
Gloria Lynn Deyer Gloria Lynn Deyer ... Irene Martin
Pat Keating Pat Keating ... Joyce Landry
Chris Noel ... Peggy Cameron (as Chris Noel Hanks)
Phil Mead Phil Mead ... Finch
Pat Ripley Pat Ripley ... Lenore
Thomas Rosales Jr. ... Larry (as Thomas Rosales)
Paula Victor Paula Victor ... Sarah
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A homicidal dune-buggy trio terrorizes a busload of Las Vegas bound tourists with the intent to kidnap one of them.

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Action | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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One of the passengers buys a shirt that says "Sock it to me!", a line from Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1967) that also starred Arte Johnson. See more »

Goofs

Obvious (white) stunt driver when the bus first rides into the desert. See more »

Quotes

Lee: You got involved with a man with a hole in his middle
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References Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1967) See more »

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In the desert with O.J
28 August 2005 | by sol-kaySee all my reviews

(Some Spoilers) O.J Simpson as the sweet kindly and lovable bus driver Lee Hayes saves the day and his passengers from a trio of ruthless hijacker/kidnappers lead by a clean-cut and innocent looking Neil, Randall Carver. O.J or Lee Hayes does it with his take charge bravado, when the chips are down, and his cut and slice bus driving exploits that eventually puts the three hoodlums out of business permanently.

Just expecting a average and boring ride to Las Vegas from Albuqerque Lee's bus ride ended up being anything but. Tailed in the open desert by two dune buggies the bus is driven off the road and almost overturns. With Lee skillful driving he gets back on track only to later have two of the the dune buggies drivers enter the bus at the next stop and then hijack it.

These three desperado's, one was waiting for the bus at a prearrange site in the desert, were trying to kidnap Mrs. Brain a rich New Mexico socialite, for a $50,000.00 ransom, only to find out much later that Mrs Brain is really Mr. Brain's, Gerald S. O'Loughlin, mistress Joyce Landry, Pat Keating,instead.

While on the bus Neil shot one of the passengers Finch, Phil Mead, who pulled a gun on his hijack partner Jamie, Leranzo Lammas. As Finch later lies dying from his wound he reveals to bus' tour director Harry Edwards, Art Johnson,that he has a stamp worth $90,000.00 sewn into his jacket, for safekeeping, thus having theses three jerks screw themselves out of making a quick and easy buck twice not once within a few hours.

Taking over and getting everyone to pitch in Lee gets the disabled bus, the hijackers shot the tires out and cut the electrical cables, up and going in no time at all but as soon as he's heading for the nearest highway, some twenty miles away, the hoods are back on their dune buggies trying to get the $90,000.00 stamp that still on th bus and thus salvage whatever they can of their bungled and deadly bus heist.

A very likable O.J Simpson together with his wife Nicole who has a very visible, she's the blond with the low-cut white top and gray dress, but non-speaking part as one of the bus passengers make up the cast of the film "Detour to Terror". There's also Rich Hill as Kurt a well known collage football player who's brutally abused and beaten by the vicious Jamie in front of all the bus passengers.

Hurt and humiliated Kurt is made to stop feeling sorry for himself by Lee, who gave him a heart to heart as well as pep talk, and later saves the bus from being hijacked, again, with his new found courage and heroics thanks to Lee.

Average made for TV movie that has become somewhat of a curiosity piece, since Mrs. Simpson's brutal murder in 1994, with O.J and Nicole Simpson together in a major motion picture for their first and only time.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Desviaci√≥n al terror See more »

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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