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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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Michael Pressman

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Aykroyd ... Clifford Skridlow / Doctor Detroit
Howard Hesseman ... Smooth Walker
Donna Dixon ... Monica McNeil
Lydia Lei ... Jasmine Wu
T.K. Carter ... Diavolo Washington
Lynn Whitfield ... Thelma Cleland
Fran Drescher ... Karen Blittstein
John A. Maloney John A. Maloney ... Commodore
Pershing P. Anderson Pershing P. Anderson ... Stretch
William Munchow William Munchow ... Professor Artel
Ed Meekin Ed Meekin ... Professor Durant (as Edward Meekin)
Hank Salas ... Johnny
Rudolph Kovar 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.

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 May 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dr. Detroit See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,295,722, 8 May 1983

Gross USA:

$10,375,893

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,375,893
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Fran Drescher has said in her autobiography "Enter Whining" that the movie was expected to be a box-office hit, but it wasn't, by the time the film finished its run it had only made US $ 10.8 million from its budget outlay of US $ 8 million. See more »

Goofs

Smooth books a one-way flight to the Cook Islands, then local service to Roratonga. In fact the Cook Islands international airport is *on* Roratonga. 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 »

Connections

Spoofs Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Get Up Offa That Thing / Doctor Detroit
Performed by James Brown
Courtesy of Backstreet Records
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The Doctor is "IN"!
6 March 2003 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

DOCTOR DETROIT (1983) **1/2 Dan Aykroyd, Howard Hesseman, Donna Dixon, Fran Drescher, TK Carter, George Furth, James Brown. Aykroyd has a field day as milquetoast college professor who unwittingly is enlisted by a pimp to assume the identity of a ganglord mack daddy as the eponymous not-to-be-trifled man about town. Frequently funny especially his tete a tete with his archenemy, Mom, in a junk yard: `Mom, I'm gonna rip off your head and s**t down your neck!' Brown's appearance livens things up with a neat, goofy dance spotlight for the antic Aykroyd


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