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


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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 »
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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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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 »
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9 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Pretty bad, 26 May 2003
Author: Brian Ellis from Chantilly, VA

I noticed with some amusement that in the end credits, the Detroit PD is thanked for their participation. The Chief of Police even has one speaking line playing himself (and boy, can you tell he can't act). The reason for the amusement is that in this movie the police shoot first and ask questions later. Not the kind of PR, I would think a police force would want. Other than that, this is your standard cops and robbers film dressed up for the '70's with a racial angle. Alex Rocco is given a thankless role of a lifer cop that can't get ahead and is saddled with a mentally ill wife. He makes up for this by hanging out at the local whorehouse. Hari Rhodes is his dashing partner that has a groovy wardrobe and likes to chase after suspects while wearing a trenchcoat. The movie moves along until the penultimate shootout that makes absolutely no sense (why do people that are only guilty of a robbery, take on a whole police force?). Not only do we see one shootout but since there are four bad guys, we get to see four. Then there is a twist ending that is supposed to leave one guessing what really would have happened but only left me thinking how stupid it was. Seeing that director Arthur Marks was also behind the braindead "Friday Foster" and "Bucktown", I shouldn't have wondered.

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