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Detroit 9000 -- Get ready to get down with Detroit 9000 - a fast-paced action movie that's been called the hippest crime story ever! A gang of gun- toting goons have staged a daring, big-money rip-off at a high-society fundraiser for the state's first black candidate for governor!
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Writer:
Orville H. Hampton (screenplay)
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Release Date:
13 June 1975 (Denmark) See more »
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Tagline:
Visit the murder capital of the world--where the honkies are the minority! See more »
Plot:
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. | Add synopsis »
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"You're allergic to Motown." See more (20 total) »

Cast

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Alex Rocco ... Lieutenant Danny Bassett
Hari Rhodes ... Sergeant Jesse Williams

Vonetta McGee ... Roby Harris

Herbert Jefferson Jr. ... Ferdy
Robert Phillips ... Captain Chalmers
Ellaraino ... Helen Durbin (as Ella Edwards)

Scatman Crothers ... Reverend Markham
Sally Baker ... Ethel
Rudy Challenger ... Aubrey Hale Clayton
Doris Ingraham
George Skaff ... Oscar
Council Cargle
Regis Cordic
Stacy Keach Sr.
Davis Roberts
Jason Sommers
Bob Charlton
Ed Oldani (as Edward Oldani)
Mike Lucci (as Michael Lucci)
Martha Jean Steinberg
Woody Willis (as Woodrick Willis)
Ernie Winstanley
Ron Khoury
Jerry Dahlmann (as Jerry Dahlman)
Whit Vernon
Don Hayes
Herb Weatherspoon
Michael Tylo
Don Shapiro

Erik L. Nelson ... Hitman (as Erik Nelson)
Hedgemon Lewis
Ron McIlwain ... Sam Orr
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Bourin ... (uncredited)
June Fairchild ... Barbara (uncredited)
Dilart Heyson ... (uncredited)
Marilyn Joi ... Dancing hooker in whorehouse (uncredited)
Laura Lee ... Gospel singer (uncredited)

Bob Minor ... Killer (uncredited)
John Nichols ... Police Chief John Nichols (uncredited)

Directed by
Arthur Marks 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Orville H. Hampton  screenplay

Produced by
Don Gottlieb .... executive producer
Junius Griffin .... executive producer
Arthur Marks .... producer
William B. Silberkleit .... executive producer (as William Silberkleit)
Charles Stroud .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Luchi De Jesus 
 
Cinematography by
Harry J. May (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Richard Greer (film editor)
 
Casting by
Geno Havens 
Trudy Seiter 
 
Makeup Department
Jerry Daniels .... make up
Chuck House .... make up
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ken Swor .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Thomas Gark .... property (as Tom Gark)
 
Sound Department
Bud Alper .... sound
Gene Ashbrook .... boomman
Marvin Kerner .... sound effects
 
Stunts
Tony Brubaker .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Geary .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Minor .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Earl Gilbert .... gaffer
Cecil Lupton .... best boy
Beau Marks .... stills
Bradford May .... assistant camera
Tom May .... key grip
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eddie Marks .... wardrobe (as Ed Marks)
 
Editorial Department
Lottie Greer .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Luchi De Jesus .... conductor
 
Transportation Department
Charles Enzen .... driver (as Chuck Enzen)
 
Other crew
Tony Brubaker .... production assistant
Dick Geary .... production assistant (as Richard Geary)
Orville H. Hampton .... assistant to the producer
Kathleen Newport .... continuity (as Kathy Newport)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Detroit Heat" - USA (video title)
"Police Call 9000" - Canada (English title)
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Runtime:
106 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Canada:14A | Iceland:16 | Norway:15 | Norway:16 (1975) | UK:X (original rating) (cut) | UK:18 (video rating) (1986) (uncut) | USA:R | West Germany:Not Rated (BPjM restricted)
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Trivia:
John Nichols was the actual chief of the Detroit Police at the time of his appearance in the movie. No doubt he hoped his appearance in the film would help his 1973 campaign for mayor. He lost to Coleman Young, however, and later went on to become sheriff of suburban Oakland County.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In the shootout at the cemetery, one character's squib is visible on his neck prior to being "shot" in the neck.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Coonskin (1975)See more »
Soundtrack:
Sunday Morning PeopleSee more »

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
"You're allergic to Motown.", 14 April 2014
Author: utgard14 from USA

A white Detroit detective (Alex Rocco) has to investigate a heist at a political fundraiser and he's none too happy about it. He's even less happy when he's forced to partner up with a black detective (Hari Rhodes). Despite their differences, the two cops work well together and get to the bottom of things.

Alex Rocco and Hari Rhodes are both good. Beautiful Vonetta McGee isn't on screen nearly enough but has an important part. The minor roles are played by a variety of actors, some of whom seem like complete amateurs who recite their lines robotically. The actress playing Rocco's wife has one scene and she uses it to give a lesson on terrible acting.

Mostly straight but there are some unintentional moments of hilarity. Such as a car moving at slow speed driving into a parked car, causing both vehicles to instantly explode like they were packed with dynamite. Or an older white reporter seriously asking the Chief of Police "Do you think it was a honky caper?" There's also a scene that rips off Dirty Harry's "do you feel lucky punk" scene. The dialogue is different but the scene is too similar to be a coincidence considering Dirty Harry came out a couple years before this and that scene was an instant classic.

It's a good blaxploitation flick. I enjoyed all of the Detroit locations, including many now-demolished buildings. It's obviously a limited movie, in terms of budget, but it's still entertaining.

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