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Detroit 9000 (1973)

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After a fundraiser for a black politician is robbed, Detroit police put two detectives, one white and one black, on the case, who try to work together under boiling political pressure.






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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lieutenant Danny Bassett
Hari Rhodes ...
Sergeant Jesse Williams
Roby Harris
Robert Phillips ...
Captain Chalmers
Ellaraino ...
Helen Durbin (as Ella Edwards)
Reverend Markham
Sally Baker ...
Rudy Challenger ...
Aubrey Hale Clayton
Doris Ingraham
George Skaff ...
Council Cargle
Regis Cordic
Stacy Keach Sr.


After a fundraiser for a black politician is robbed, Detroit police put two detectives, one white and one black, on the case, who try to work together under boiling political pressure.

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It's gonna get solved...or the town's gonna explode. See more »


Crime | Drama | Action


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Release Date:

13 June 1975 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Detroit Heat  »

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$2,054 (USA) (9 October 1998)


$2,054 (USA) (9 October 1998)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


During the time of production, "9000" was the Detroit Police radio code for "officer down," however that radio term was phased out by the early 1980s. See more »


In the shootout at the cemetery, one character's squib is visible on his neck prior to being "shot" in the neck. See more »


Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) See more »


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NOT a good movie
6 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In 1971, the "French Connection" was released. It had a great cast with great acting, script, photography, soundtrack (even though the music in and of itself was HORRID, it fit the film perfectly!) and in summery, was a GREAT cop movie.

In 1973 "Detroit 9000" was released. It had a decent cast with some good acting (Alex Rocco and Hari Rhodes-True Professionals!), OK script, decent photography and one seriously FUNKY soundtrack. Most of the acting was wooden, though I'm taking a guess here, many of the actors weren't really actors, as can be seen when you look up their bios here on IMDb. "Known for 'Detroit 9000'" and not much more. I'm also going out on a limb by guessing that many of the cops, especially the ones in uniform really were cops recruited to add realism and help with the budget. (Just think, they can wear their own uniforms-we don't have to BUY any!!!) A lot of the dialogue is a bit TOO over the top. I was around in 1973 and I listened to how people spoke and this was a bit much, but hey, they made you listen so I guess it was effective.

The funny thing about this movie, and many others made over the years, it's NOT a good movie, but it hits all the marks to make it a GREAT bad movie. I personally cannot put into words exactly how this happens and please keep in mind, this IS just my opinion, but this does fit that oddball category. Like "Plan 9 From Outer Space", it's bad, but it's a classic. Also sort of like "The Room" which is more current. "The Room" SUCKS, and yet is SOOOOOOO horrible, it's a classic. It lacks acting, script, photography, soundtrack...it's a train wreck, but a CLASSIC train wreck.

I seem to be rambling, but in the grand scheme of things, I enjoyed "Detroit 9000". It was never boring, more lead flew throughout this movie than at the Battle of Gettysburg and the car chases were pretty good. The twist at the end was excellent. It's Blaxploitation at it's best with a slight bit of Grindhouse thrown in for fun.

Not a good movie, but they don't have to be to entertain, and this does.

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