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Doctor Detroit (1983)

R | | Comedy | 6 May 1983 (USA)
A timid college professor, conned into posing as a flamboyant pimp, finds himself enjoying his new occupation on the streets.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Clifford Skridlow / Doctor Detroit
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Smooth Walker
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Monica McNeil
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Jasmine Wu
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Diavolo Washington
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Thelma Cleland
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Karen Blittstein
John A. Maloney ...
Commodore
Pershing P. Anderson ...
Stretch
William Munchow ...
Professor Artel
Ed Meekin ...
Professor Durant (as Edward Meekin)
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Johnny
Rudolph Kovar ...
Carson (as Rudolf Kovar)
Kate Murtagh ...
Mom
Peter Elbling ...
Guptor
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Clifford Skridlow teaches at a small Chicago college run by his father. Conned into managing four prostitutes by their pimp, who skips town to escape the mob boss known as Mom, Clifford draws on his course in medieval literature in his quest to save the women from Mom. Written by <rth@ece.arizona.edu>

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He's making the world safe for insanity.

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6 May 1983 (USA)  »

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Dr. Detroit  »

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Trivia

Pulp bawdy novelist Harold Robbins was thanked in the closing credits. See more »

Goofs

Initially, the cable Doctor Detroit uses to escape the junk cars avalanche is much shorter and of a different configuration than the cable he uses to ride along the graveyard (obvious prop). See more »

Quotes

Clifford Skridlow: [towards the end of a rant as Doctor Detroit] ... Mom, if you want trouble - I am talking about scorched earth, no survival, whole-sale destruction... body-bags and fire TROUBLE
[smashes car windshield]
Clifford Skridlow: then you just keep comin' on!
Mom: You don't know what trouble is, jerkoff!
Clifford Skridlow: Mom, I am going to rip off your head and shit down your neck.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits, we see "Coming soon: Doctor Detroit II, the Wrath of Mom." See more »

Connections

References The Blues Brothers (1980) See more »

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Super Freak
Performed by Rick James
Courtesy of Motown Records
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4 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I think this is one of the most under-appreciated comedies of the 80's. Behind the light comedy in the foreground of this flick is a ton of tongue-in-cheek jokes that, frankly, I just didn't get when I was 14. For example, Akroyd, in the middle of his bizarre adventure, calls the limo driver "Sancho" in one scene. If you find that funny (which would require getting the reference) lines like that pepper the movie. It's really a fun show. I'm sorry I went 20 years without seeing it again.

It doesn't stand up budget-wise to his big movies, but if you come to it without any particular expectations, I think you'll be quite pleasantly surprised.


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