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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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Release Date:
13 June 1975 (Denmark) See more »
Visit the murder capital of the world--where the honkies are the minority! See more »
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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A remarkable thriller, full of action and groovy music! See more (20 total) »


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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
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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106 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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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Did You Know?

Original title was "Motown 9000", but could not be used for legal reasons.See more »
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:
Featured in Jackie Brown (1997)See more »
Sunday Morning PeopleSee more »


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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
A remarkable thriller, full of action and groovy music!, 29 May 1999
Author: Jp Hudon from Montreal

I saw this movie because of Quentin Tarantino's initiative to bring back classics like this to the video stores. This movie is just terrific. First of all the story is very well done and it is still original today. This is remarkable considering that this movie is 26 years old! The actors might be a little weak at times but the cool dialogs and the raw action scenes are the best ones I've ever seen. There aint no special effects here but it still is pretty spectacular. Of course, this movie is not an Hollywood super production but it still is an excellent movie that one should see at least once. The music is also fantastic, seeing those guys shoot each others and thoses cars explode with some 70's era funk music is just too entertaining.

I recommend this movie to any action or thriller movie fans. Tarantino fans might also be surprised..this movie obviously influenced Tarantino a lot. See for yourself.

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