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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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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 (USA)
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Trivia

Mom's two main henchmen in the movie are named Johnny and Carson as in Johnny Carson. See more »

Goofs

Doctor Detroit's upraised arm/hand do not exactly match the cut-out left as the tow truck smashes through the fence. See more »

Quotes

Judge: That girl is COLORED!
Thelma Cleland: Honey, nobody 'colored' me! I was born this way!
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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

Referenced in We're All Devo (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Bustin' Loose
Performed by Chuck Brown and The Soul Searchers
Courtesy of Source Records
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A prototypical '80s comedy
16 April 2002 | by (San Antonio, TX, USA) – See all my reviews

This may be my very favorite comedy of the 1980s. Dan Aykroyd plays a hilarious dual role as the mild-mannered Clifford Skridlow and the off-the-wall Dr. Detroit. Howard Hesseman is perfect as a pimp who can't take the heat and puts the blame on Aykroyd to take care of things. It may not be the best written of the '80s comedies, but the unforgettable characters and situations make this a movie that you'll want to watch over and over again. Please release this on DVD! I can't stand my laserdisc copy anymore!


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