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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
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 ...
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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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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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

In the courtroom scene, Cliff is spinning this wild yarn about his and Thema's family in Louisiana and he uses the word 'county' when Louisiana uses parishes, not counties. See more »

Quotes

Clifford Skridlow: [waking from a nightmare where his mother becomes a prostitute] NO! No, I will not sell my own mother!
Margaret Skridlow: [walking in on him] Of course you wouldn't, dear. But it's a sweet thought.
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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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Featured in The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Watchmen/Shuttle/12 (2009) See more »

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Get Up Offa That Thing / Doctor Detroit
Performed by James Brown
Courtesy of Backstreet Records
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Campy as heck
23 June 2000 | by (St. Louis, MO) – See all my reviews

This is not the type of movie you watch for the clever plot and well-defined characters. This is a cheap, bawdy comic romp to be enjoyed with the fellas at a weekend get-together or at a bachelor party. Where else can you see a nubile young Fran Drescher wearing next to nothing and James Brown urging a crowd of scantily clad dancers to "get up offa that thang" in the same movie?

Nothing wrong with a little mindless entertainment, especially since Dr. Detroit doesn't pretend to be anything else.


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