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Detroit 9000 (1973)

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

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13 June 1975 (Denmark)  »

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

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$2,054 (USA) (9 October 1998)
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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 »

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

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Top-Notch Blaxploitation
13 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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

Although Orville H. Hampton worked mostly in lower budget films, he actually had an Oscar nomination under his belt by the time he wrote this script. Hampton had written the now-forgotten "One Potato, Two Potato" (1964). Marks was responsible for bringing in Rocco, who he had worked with on "Bonnie's Kids". Although he plays a policeman here, Rocco had actually grown up among Boston's Winter Hill Gang.

Hari Rhodes is a perfect choice for the role here. In a film about racial politics, he is more knowledgeable than most. While any person of color has experienced racism at some point, Rhodes literally wrote the book on it: "A Chosen Few", which was published in 1965.

Scatman Crothers is a pleasant surprise, even if his role is not as large as it could be. And the idea of "Buzz the Fuzz" is awfully clever, perhaps something more big cities ought to think about. This film shows the racial politics between police and the black community, and this certainly has not changed in the forty years since this film debuted. If anything, it is something we are even more acutely aware of now.


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