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Detroit 9000 -- Cops chase jewel thieves in the racially-volatile city of Detroit.


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13 June 1975 (Denmark) See more »
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  (in credits order)
Hari Rhodes ... Sergeant Jesse Williams

Alex Rocco ... Lieutenant Danny Bassett

Vonetta McGee ... Roby Harris
Ella Edwards ... Helen Durbin

Scatman Crothers ... Reverend Markham

Herbert Jefferson Jr. ... Ferdy
Robert Phillips ... Captain Chalmers
Rudy Challenger ... Aubrey Hale Clayton
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sally Baker ... Ethel
Richard Bourin
Council Cargle
Bob Charlton
Regis Cordic
Jerry Dahlmann
June Fairchild ... Barbara
Don Hayes
Dilart Heyson
Doris Ingraham
Ron Khoury
Bob McIlwain ... Sam Orr
John Nichols ... Police Chief John Nichols
Ed Oldani
Davis Roberts
George Skaff ... Oscar
Jason Sommers
Martha Jean Steinberg
Michael Tylo
Whit Vernon
Herb Weatherspoon
Woody Willis
Ernie Winstanley
Marilyn Joi ... Dancing hooker in whorehouse (uncredited)
Laura Lee ... Gospel singer (uncredited)

Bob Minor ... Killer (uncredited)

Erik L. Nelson ... Hitman (uncredited)
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Directed by
Arthur Marks 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Orville H. Hampton  writer

Produced by
Don Gottlieb .... executive producer
Junius Griffin .... executive producer
Arthur Marks .... producer
William B. Silberkleit .... executive producer
Charles Stroud .... associate producer
Original Music by
Luchi De Jesus 
Cinematography by
Harry J. May 
Art Department
Thomas Gark .... property master
Tony Brubaker .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Geary .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Minor .... stunts (uncredited)

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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:
2.35 : 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
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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 »
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 »


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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
NOT a good movie, 6 March 2014
Author: jimel98 from United States

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,'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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