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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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Smooth Walker
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Monica McNeil
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Jasmine Wu
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John A. Maloney ...
Commodore
Pershing P. Anderson ...
Stretch
William Munchow ...
Professor Artel
Ed Meekin ...
Professor Durant (as Edward Meekin)
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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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6 May 1983 (USA)  »

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Dr. Detroit  »

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$10,375,893
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James Brown is called by his actual name during the film but in the closing credits is only billed as Bandleader. See more »

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Handle on the passenger-side roof of the tow truck, not duplicated on the drivers-side of the roof (obvious prop). A low camera angle used to conceal the prop. See more »

Quotes

Clifford Skridlow: [as Doctor Detroit] I make adjustments to the human spine!
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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 »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Mitchell (1993) See more »

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Hold Him
Performed by Pattie Brooks and Dan Aykroyd
Courtesy of Backstreet Records
Pattie Brooks appears courtesy of Mirage Records
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The 2nd greatest sound track ever!
29 May 2001 | by See all my reviews

As others may have pointed out, this is mostly Dan A. doing his schtick with a couple of characters that he had not entirely fleshed out. But one thing you should see (hear) this movie for is the sound track!

You have Devo, James Brown, and Lalo Schifrin (in probably his only excursion into "soul music"--and what an excursion it is).

Almost 20 years later, I still listen to this album on a regular basis.


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