IMDb > Detroit 9000 (1973)
Detroit 9000
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guide
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Detroit 9000 (1973) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 9 | slideshow) Videos
Detroit 9000 -- Trailer


User Rating:
6.4/10   797 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Popularity: ?
Down 20% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Orville H. Hampton (screenplay)
View company contact information for Detroit 9000 on IMDbPro.
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 »
(7 articles)
Rolling Thunder is April’s Late Nite Grindhouse
 (From Destroy the Brain. 30 March 2016, 11:40 AM, PDT)

Good-bye, Alex And Mary
 (From Trailers from Hell. 23 July 2015, 1:15 PM, PDT)

Alex Rocco, Star of 'The Godfather,' Dies at 79
 (From Moviefone. 20 July 2015, 8:05 AM, PDT)

User Reviews:
NOT a good movie See more (20 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Call Detroit 9000" - Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), UK
"Detroit Heat" - USA (video title)
"Police Call 9000" - Canada (English title)
See more »
106 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R18+ | 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 (cut)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

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 »
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 Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) (V)See more »
Sunday Morning PeopleSee more »


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
1 out of 2 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.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (20 total) »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
King of New York Training Day Freeway Beverly Hills Cop Magnum Force
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Crime section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.