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Detroit 9000 (1973)

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After a fundraiser for a black politician is robbed, Detroit police put two detectives, one white and one black, on the case, who try to work together under boiling political pressure.


Arthur Marks


Orville H. Hampton (screenplay)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Rocco ... Lieutenant Danny Bassett
Hari Rhodes ... Sergeant Jesse Williams
Vonetta McGee ... Roby Harris
Herbert Jefferson Jr. ... Ferdy
Robert Phillips ... Captain Chalmers
Ellaraino Ellaraino ... Helen Durbin (as Ella Edwards)
Scatman Crothers ... Reverend Markham
Sally Baker Sally Baker ... Ethel
Rudy Challenger Rudy Challenger ... Aubrey Hale Clayton
Doris Ingraham Doris Ingraham
George Skaff George Skaff ... Oscar
Council Cargle Council Cargle ... Drew Sheppard
Regis Cordic ... Dr. Horace Cooley
Stacy Keach Sr.
Davis Roberts ... Milo


Police procedural movie set in Detroit during the early 1970s. At a fundraiser for a black Congressman held at a downtown Detroit hotel, a group of heavily armed masked men bursts on the scene demanding the fund-raised fund. The fund consisting of gold, jewels and cash is estimated to be around 400,000 dollars. The donors mostly are rich black supporters of Congressman Aubrey Hale Clayton who intends to run for state governorship. After the armed robbery, the criminals disappear in a white getaway van. The police arrives at the scene but no one has any description of the suspects. Some speculate that white men committed the crime in order to sabotage the election efforts of a black candidate but others suggest it was black-on-black crime. The Detroit Police Department is careful not to place blame on any racial or ethnic group in order to avoid controversy and criticism. The Department assigns two cops to the case. One cop is Lieutenant Danny Bassett who's white and the other cop is ... Written by nufs68

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It's gonna get solved...or the town's gonna explode. See more »


Crime | Drama | Action


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Sophisticated blaxploitation, if you will.
2 September 2005 | by Golgo-13See all my reviews

Blaxploitation but sophisticated blaxploitation, if you will. Right from the bat you'll notice a little deeper characterization and more intricate plot mixed in with the jive music and bloody violence and for the most part, it works well. Some of the story does bog down the pace at times but not enough to cause any major problem. Seeing that this is one of the films released under Tarantino's Rolling Thunder company, the fact that Reservoir Dogs shares a few traits with Detroit 9000 should come as no surprise. However, Detroit 9000 took a few lines of dialogue from Dirty Harry, so I guess that's just the nature of the beast.

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Official Sites:

Miramax [United States]





Release Date:

13 June 1975 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Detroit Heat See more »

Filming Locations:

Detroit, Michigan, USA


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,054, 11 October 1998

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Holly Hill Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Ryder Sound Services)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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