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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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... 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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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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Arthur Skridlow bemoans at one point "when you have a woman mayor". Jane Byrne (born May 24, 1934) was the first and (to date) only female Mayor of Chicago. She served from April 16, 1979 to April 29, 1983. Chicago is the largest city in the United States to have had a female mayor as of 2012. See more »

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Initially, the cable Doctor Detroit uses to escape the junk cars avalanche is much shorter and of a different configuration than the cable he uses to ride along the graveyard (obvious prop). 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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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 Strictly Background (2007) See more »

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Get It On And Have A Party
Performed by Pattie Brooks
Courtesy of Backstreet Records
Pattie Brooks appears courtesy of Mirage Records
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A Silly Comedic Gem
1 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

"Doctor Detroit" ranks in my top five comedy films ever. Though I was not old enough to see it when originally released, it has since become a diehard favorite of mine and my friends. It is not so much an "intelligent" comedy, as seems to the trend recently. But it is definitely good old '80s fun.

The story is inventive, and the characters well-thought-out and well-played. Dan Aykroyd is perfect as the geeky college professor turned hero. T.K. Carter brings laughs as Diavolo, the well-connected limo driver. And Kate Murtagh is hilarious in her role as "Mom", the shady owner of a limo service.

This really just a fun, silly movie which will give you a 90-minute shot of escapism. It is worth seeing if for no other reason than the costume that Aykroyd dons as he becomes "Dr. Detroit." I find it a shame that the movie has yet to see a DVD release -- I have to make do with my 20 year old Laserdisc copy. But if you can find this at your local video store, RENT IT! You won't be sorry.


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