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Doctor Detroit (1983)

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

Director:

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.

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Comedy

Certificate:

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Trivia

The scene at the Players Ball features the same metallic purple Cadillac El Dorado "Pimp Ride" that was used in Cheech & Chong's Things Are Tough All Over (1982) at the car wash disaster scene. See more »

Goofs

Diavolo refers to Doctor Detroit's lime green pants. They were emerald green, not lime green. See more »

Quotes

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 »

Connections

Featured in The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Watchmen/Shuttle/12 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Theme From Doctor Detroit
Written by Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale (as G. V. Casale)
Performed by Devo
Devo produced by Devo
Devo appears courtesy of Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
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Doctor Detroit
8 November 2005 | by madmanmarkdSee all my reviews

I remember seeing this movie on VHS while I worked at a video rental store in the 80's. I thought it was a funny campy movie but Hey! I like these kind of movies now and then. I always like Dan Akroyd movies so it didn't matter if this was not up to snuff with the likes of Ghostbusters or Blues Brothers. It was hard to believe he made that film then. I recently acquired this movie on laserdisc just about a week ago. I had not seen the movie since the 80's. I since taped over my VHS dub many years ago. It was great to sit down and have a few laughs and once again see the 'Doctor' in action. The picture is clean with only a few spots and scratches. The sound is only analog and not digital but delivers very surprising and powerful for an older movie. It's a fun film never the less. Yeah! it was no box office smash or a great comedy or action film, but there's just something about these lesser movies that brings you back to a better time. Dan does a great job even with the film's downfalls. Hey he got a great wife out of the deal marrying Donna Dixon from the film! It falls in the category with the likes of 'Howard the Duck'. Both were box office failures but there are still those devoted fans out there still searching for these 'gems' everyday. So for me the 'Doctor' is always 'in' my movie collection.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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

Gross USA:

$10,375,893

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,375,893
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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