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Doctor Detroit (1983)

R | | Comedy | 6 May 1983 (USA)
A timid college professor, conned into posing as a flamboyant pimp, finds himself enjoying his new occupation on the streets.

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Michael Pressman

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Aykroyd ... Clifford Skridlow / Doctor Detroit
Howard Hesseman ... Smooth Walker
Donna Dixon ... Monica McNeil
Lydia Lei ... Jasmine Wu
T.K. Carter ... Diavolo Washington
Lynn Whitfield ... Thelma Cleland
Fran Drescher ... Karen Blittstein
John A. Maloney John A. Maloney ... Commodore
Pershing P. Anderson Pershing P. Anderson ... Stretch
William Munchow William Munchow ... Professor Artel
Ed Meekin Ed Meekin ... Professor Durant (as Edward Meekin)
Hank Salas ... Johnny
Rudolph Kovar Rudolph Kovar ... Carson (as Rudolf Kovar)
Kate Murtagh ... Mom
Peter Elbling ... Guptor
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Storyline

Clifford Skridlow teaches at a small Chicago college run by his father. Conned into managing four prostitutes by their pimp, who skips town to escape the mob boss known as Mom, Clifford draws on his course in medieval literature in his quest to save the women from Mom. Written by <rth@ece.arizona.edu>

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He's making the world safe for insanity.

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 May 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dr. Detroit See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$10,375,893
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The academic discipline that Clifford Skridlow was a professor of was comparative literature. The name of the university he taught at was Monroe College. The distance he power walked to work every day was six miles. See more »

Goofs

The passenger side mirror on the tow truck is in a different position before (collapsed against the door) and after (away from the door) the doctor jumps aboard. See more »

Quotes

Judge: That girl is COLORED!
Thelma Cleland: Honey, nobody 'colored' me! I was born this way!
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits, we see "Coming soon: Doctor Detroit II, the Wrath of Mom." See more »

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Referenced in Strictly Background (2007) See more »

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King Of Soul
Performed by James Brown
Courtesy of Backstreet Records
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The 2nd greatest sound track ever!
29 May 2001 | by rlcsljoSee all my reviews

As others may have pointed out, this is mostly Dan A. doing his schtick with a couple of characters that he had not entirely fleshed out. But one thing you should see (hear) this movie for is the sound track!

You have Devo, James Brown, and Lalo Schifrin (in probably his only excursion into "soul music"--and what an excursion it is).

Almost 20 years later, I still listen to this album on a regular basis.


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