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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 overview, first billed only:
... Clifford Skridlow / Doctor Detroit
... Smooth Walker
... Monica McNeil
... Jasmine Wu
... Diavolo Washington
... Thelma Cleland
... Karen Blittstein
John A. Maloney ... Commodore
Pershing P. Anderson ... Stretch
William Munchow ... Professor Artel
Ed Meekin ... Professor Durant (as Edward Meekin)
... Johnny
Rudolph Kovar ... Carson (as Rudolf Kovar)
... Mom
... 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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The film's DVD sleeve notes says that this movie is "a role reversal comedy". See more »

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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 »

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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 »

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

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Theme From Doctor Detroit
Written by Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald V. Casale (as G. V. Casale)
Performed by Devo
Devo produced by Devo
Devo appears courtesy of Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
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The Doctor is "IN"!
6 March 2003 | by See 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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