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Doctor Detroit

4.5 out of 5 stars 131 customer reviews

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Comedy superstar Dan Aykroyd stars as a mild-mannered professor of chivalry and infamous underworld pimp in the hilarious comic romp Doctor Detroit. When Professor Clifford Skridlow (Aykroyd) accidentally gets conned into taking on the persona of "Doctor Detroit," he soon finds himself up to his neck in luscious ladies, the Chicago Mob, and a notorious crime czar called "Mom" (Kate Murtagh). It's comedic chaos all the way as Aykroyd attempts to juggle two very different career paths without losing his life or his mind. From the producers of The Blues Brothers, and co-starring Donna Dixon and Fran Drescher, comes the laugh-out-loud film about a man committed to making the world safe for insanity.

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  • Actors: Dan Aykroyd, Howard Hesseman, George Furth, Andrew Duggan, Kate Murtagh
  • Directors: Michael Pressman
  • Writers: Carl Gottlieb, Robert Boris, Bruce Jay Friedman
  • Producers: Robert K. Weiss
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 13, 2005
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009X768M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,709 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Doctor Detroit" on IMDb

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All right, so it's not Shakespeare but it is almost as original. One of my personal favorites. Dan Aykroyd chews up the scenery as an appointed "hero." Some fine cast members like Fran Drescher, Howard Hesseman and the groovy T.K. Carter make this one a guilty pleasure. This finally made it to DVD but sadly, no trailer. Make an appointment.
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Funny, funny movie, and very, very absurd. Clifford Skridlow (Aykroyd) is a history professor, taken in by "Smooth" Walker (Howard Hesseman) as a high-end manager of equally high-end call girls. Walker has been scamming his boss, Mom, and is looking for a way out, so sets up Skridlow as his patsy. What he doesn't count on is that Skridlow, who specializes in the culture of the Middle Ages, takes up defense of the four call girls as a knight errant of sorts, Doctor Detroit.

A little bit of the humor is dated, and the hair is *very* eighties, but the story is well done. A sequel is clearly set up in the closing moments of the film, but the poor box office of what was expected to be a major hit prevented that from ever coming to be. Still, Clifford's antics while he tries to balance his job, the call girls, and a major fundraiser for his university, and trying to catch a little sleep in between, are very entertaining.

One kvetch I have is the cover. It's a small thing, but in the original poster and prior releases on VHS, Dan Aykroyd has a sword in his right hand, skewering a roast chicken, as he swings on a steel chain, clearly showing a swashbuckling theme. On this version, his hand is empty. No idea why the new release does this, except political correctness. I mean, hell, doesn't every boy want to swing on a chain, brandishing a sword, with four call girls in the background? (Joking....)

Seriously, though, this movie is not, *not*, NOT for children. There are numerous sexual references (though oddly no nudity except on a TV set in the background), and the language is appropriately adult. Trust me, you *don't* want to have to explain the mention of battery operated devices, underwater....

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There's few things worse, cinematically speaking, than an unfunny comedy, and Dan Aykroyd has had his share of them...Caddyshack II (1988), Nothing But Trouble (1991), Canadian Bacon (1995), Sgt. Bilko (1996), Celtic Pride (1996), Blues Brothers 2000 (1998), the list seems endless...but know this, at some point in the past, he did appear in some classic comedies like The Blues Brothers (1980), Neighbors (1981), which I wish would see a DVD release, Trading Places (1983), and this film titled Doctor Detroit (1983). Co-written by Bruce Jay Friedman (Stir Crazy, Splash), Carl Gottlieb (The Jerk, Caveman), and Robert Boris (Some Kind of Hero), and directed by Michael Pressman (The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training, Some Kind of Hero), the film features, as I mentioned, Dan Aykroyd, along with Howard Hesseman ("WKRP in Cincinnati", This Is Spinal Tap, Rubin and Ed), Donna Dixon (Spies Like Us), Lydia Lei (Vice Squad), T.K. Carter (Seems Like Old Times, The Thing), Lynn Whitfield (Silverado, The Josephine Baker Story), Fran Drescher (The Hollywood Knights, This Is Spinal Tap), George Furth (Blazing Saddles), Nan Martin (Toys in the Attic), and Kate Murtagh (Waxwork II: Lost in Time), who can also be seen on the cover of Supertramps' biggest selling album "Breakfast in America", posing as the diner waitress holding aloft a glass of orange juice.

Aykroyd plays Clifford Skridlow, a professor of comparative literature (primarily focusing on such antiquated notions as chivalry and honor) who fancies speed walking, Indian food, foreign cinema, and lives with his parents (Cliff's father, played by Furth, is chancellor of the university)...basically the antithesis of cool...
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It starts out with Dan Aykroyd jogging in the morning to the tune Doctor Detroit further up the road a limo with 4 hookers and their pimp heading off to their day of work. after pulling up next to Dan Aykroyd waiting for the light to turn they see dan still jogging and is fascinated with him. When he goes to his usual dinner and movie out the four hookers and their pimp are at the same restraunt after the pimp has a horrific meeting with MOM earlier the same day he decides to con the college teacher into becoming competition for MOM they pay for his drinks and dinner and take him back to their apartment for a wild party as they him drunk they conned him into becoming a new Pimp for the ladies. The old pimp flee's town after he gets the black driver angry by taunting him about their families pasts. then after he meets MOM he tells her Doctor Detroit did that to him. Curious she wants to meet The New guy in town, and see what he's up to. After Dan's character realizes he's stuck he goes to the Theactrical Department to find a new get up. After finding it him and the black driver and girls go to meet MOM in the junk yard, after realizing MOM doesn't fool around. he ended up fighting fire with fire and needing a caterer for the college party the four girls and the black driver step up to bat and pull it all off. MOM is caught and arrested the dean meets and marries one of the hookers(Donna Dixon) Dan's character marries(Fran Dreser's) character in the end of the movie , the former pimp flees to a island with beautiful exotic women there. making him top dog there
I found it funny and entertaining best 90 minutes of my life. it brought back memories when I bought the DVD and seen it again
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