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Doctor Detroit (1983)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  14 November 1983 (Sweden)
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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
Lydia Lei ...
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 ...
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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Storyline

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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14 November 1983 (Sweden)  »

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Dr. Detroit  »

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Trivia

James Brown and Dan Aykroyd previously worked together on The Blues Brothers (1980). Doctor Detroit (1983) was the second of three collaborations, Blues Brothers 2000 (1998) being the other. See more »

Goofs

The passenger side mirror on the tow truck is in a different position before (collapsed against the door) and after (away from the door) the doctor jumps aboard. See more »

Quotes

Carson: Mom! It's all over the street!
Mom: What?
Johnny: Doctor Detroit's movin' in! They say we're movin' out!
Mom: Oh, the Hell you say. I haven't even met the Doctor.
[takes shot of liquor]
Mom: But when I do,
[crushes shot glass in bare hand]
Mom: he's dog meat!
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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 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) See more »

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Working Girls
Performed by Pattie Brooks and Dan Aykroyd
Courtesy of Backstreet Records
Pattie Brooks appears courtesy of Mirage Records
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A Silly Comedic Gem
1 May 2003 | by (San Antonio, TX, USA) – See all my reviews

"Doctor Detroit" ranks in my top five comedy films ever. Though I was not old enough to see it when originally released, it has since become a diehard favorite of mine and my friends. It is not so much an "intelligent" comedy, as seems to the trend recently. But it is definitely good old '80s fun.

The story is inventive, and the characters well-thought-out and well-played. Dan Aykroyd is perfect as the geeky college professor turned hero. T.K. Carter brings laughs as Diavolo, the well-connected limo driver. And Kate Murtagh is hilarious in her role as "Mom", the shady owner of a limo service.

This really just a fun, silly movie which will give you a 90-minute shot of escapism. It is worth seeing if for no other reason than the costume that Aykroyd dons as he becomes "Dr. Detroit." I find it a shame that the movie has yet to see a DVD release -- I have to make do with my 20 year old Laserdisc copy. But if you can find this at your local video store, RENT IT! You won't be sorry.


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