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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.

Genres:

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

Doctor Detroit's upraised arm/hand do not exactly match the cut-out left as the tow truck smashes through the fence. See more »

Quotes

Johnny: I'm gonna kick your ass!
Clifford Skridlow: [as Doctor Detroit] I warn you, I'm a chiropractor! I will use my skills negatively!
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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 »

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Get Up Offa That Thing / Doctor Detroit
Performed by James Brown
Courtesy of Backstreet Records
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Silly comedy, completely forgettable ........
17 February 2013 | by merklekranzSee all my reviews

Okay, the characters are lively and likable, but the story is cartoon-like, so simplified that it is totally forgettable. One positive is the sharp editing, that keeps things moving along. Negatives would be the lack of enough laughs to recommend second viewings, and cartoon-like goings on that are seriously squirm inducing. "Doctor Detroit" comes across as a not fully developed "Saturday Night Live" skit. While the characters are certainly colorful, there is no real bite to the story. Fran Drescher and Howard Hessman try their stereotyped best, while Dan Aykroyd cavorts about trying to hold things together, but to no avail. Stick with "Trading Places" and avoid the comedic letdown of "Doctor Detroit". - MERK


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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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