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Doctor Detroit (1983)

R | | Comedy | 6 May 1983 (USA)
2:25 | Trailer
A pimp on the run trusts his sex workers to a meek professor of literature, who accepts the challenge.


Michael Pressman





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


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 <>

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He's making the world safe for insanity.




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Did You Know?


The academic discipline that Clifford Skridlow was a professor of was comparative literature. The name of the university he taught at was Monroe College. The distance he power walked to work every day was six miles. See more »


The passenger side mirror on the tow truck is in a different position before (collapsed against the door) and after (away from the door) the doctor jumps aboard. See more »


Clifford Skridlow: [towards the end of a rant as Doctor Detroit] ... Mom, if you want trouble - I am talking about scorched earth, no survival, whole-sale destruction... body-bags and fire TROUBLE
[smashes car windshield]
Clifford Skridlow: then you just keep comin' on!
Mom: You don't know what trouble is, jerkoff!
Clifford Skridlow: Mom, I am going to rip off your head and shit down your neck.
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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 »


Referenced in The Simpsons: Frink Gets Testy (2018) See more »


Doctor Detroit soundtrack album produced by Ira Newborn and Robert K. Weiss
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Funniest comedy of the eighties (one of them)
19 January 2004 | by manipoolSee all my reviews

I loved this movie, so did my husband. It is so cute and so fun. It also never hurts to have a James Brown song and some dancing to make it more memorable. We are just partial to Dan Ackroyd, Howard Hesseman I guess. I also thought the Devo theme was hilarious. Let's not forget T.K. Carter and a certain nasal sounding female escort. A fun film even if it's not a genius work by Dan. Some of the lines and acting are still memorable to me to this day! I'm watching it now as a matter of fact. It's just so hilariously stupid! Good memories if you saw it in your twenties and loved it. Much better then "Nothing But Trouble", which was a piece of crap but had it's moments! Sorry, Danny.

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Release Date:

6 May 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,295,722, 8 May 1983

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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