WriterBruce Jay Friedman, Carl Gottlieb, Robert Boris Release dateMay 6, 1983 Music directorJames Brown, Lalo Schifrin CastDan 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) Similar moviesDave Chappelle: HBO Comedy Half-Hour, Rodney Dangerfield: Nothin' Goes Right, Rodney Dangerfield: It's Not Easy Bein' Me, Aladdin, Sex Tape, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
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A pimp (Howard Hesseman) on the run trusts his call girls to a meek professor of literature (Dan Aykroyd), who accepts the challenge.
Doctor Detroit is a 1983 comedy film, written by Bruce Jay Friedman, Robert Boris and Carl Gottlieb. The film stars Dan Aykroyd, Howard Hesseman, Lynn Whitfield, Fran Drescher, and Donna Dixon, with a special appearance by James Brown. The film was directed by Michael Pressman.
James Brown performed the theme song "Get Up Offa That Thing/Dr. Detroit." Devo performed the "Theme from Doctor Detroit" and had another track in the film, "Luv-Luv." There was an EP with the "Theme from Doctor Detroit," "Luv-Luv," and a remix of the theme released, as well as a music video incorporating footage from the film.
A shy but gentle man named Clifford Skridlow is a professor of comparative literature at the financially-strapped fictional Monroe College in Chicago. A chance encounter with four beautiful women at a restaurant changes his life forever.
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A introverted geek, named Clifford Skridlow (Dan Aykroyd) is a professor of comparative literature at the financially strapped (fictional) Monroe College in Chicago.
Smooth Walker (Howard Hesseman),a pimp owes $80,000. debt to the gruff "Mom" (Kate Murtagh), a Chicago mob boss. Looking for a way to deflect the payment, Smooth weasels out of his financial responsibility, claiming his turf is being over-run by a violent madman, and invents a fictitious mobster, the flamboyant "Doctor Detroit. Ankroyd meets Smooth and his girls, played by Donna Dixon, Linda Lei, Fran Drescher, and Lynn Whitfield. He spends the night partying with them, and basically has the best night of his life. After finding out about their inherited troubles with Mom, he agrees to assume the role of Doctor Detroit in an effort to help them.
Meanwhile Monroe College is waiting for its anticipated coporate endowment, in the form of a check to be delivered by one of the executives, Harmon Rousehorn (Andrew Duggan). The film flips back and forth between Cliffords straight life, and his life as the Doctor. Ankroyds Clifford character teaches literature at Monroe, and helps his nervous father played by (George Furth), secure the money for the destitute college. While his alter-ego Dr. Detroit, battles Mom, boogies with James Brown, and helps out 4 prostitues that previously worked for Smooth. It is all quite ridiculous and fun.
The film was shot on location in Chicago during the summer of 1982.
Dan Aykroyd — Clifford Skridlow/Doctor Detroit
Howard Hesseman — Smooth Walker
Fran Drescher — Karen Blittstein
Donna Dixon — Monica McNeil
Lydia Lei — Jasmine Wu
T. K. Carter — Diavolo Washington
Lynn Whitfield — Thelma Cleland
Kate Murtagh — Mom
George Furth — Arthur Skridlow
Nan Martin — Margaret Skridlow
Peter Aykroyd — Mr. Frankman
Glenne Headly — Miss Debbylike
Robert Cornthwaite — Professor Blount
Parley Baer — Judge Robert E. Lee Davis-Jackson
John Kapelos — Rush Street Dude
James Brown — Bandleader (himself)
Steven Williams — Junior Sweet
Andrew Duggan — Harmon Rausehorn
Blackie Dammett — Eddie Four Eyes
A soundtrack album for the film was released on Backstreet Records. The track listing is as follows.
"Theme from Doctor Detroit" – Devo 3:10
"Hold Him" – Pattie Brooks, Dan Aykroyd 3:22
"King of Soul" – James Brown 2:40
"Yo Skridlow" – T. K. Carter, Dan Aykroyd 4:40
"Working Girls" – Pattie Brooks, Dan Aykroyd 4:48
"Get Up Offa That Thing/Doctor Detroit" – James Brown 3:23
"Luv-Luv" – Devo 3:36
"You Are the One" – Pattie Brooks 4:05
"Get It on and Have a Party" – Pattie Brooks 6:09
Dan Aykroyd appears in Doctor Detroit and directed Nothing but Trouble. Dan Aykroyd and Donna Dixon appear in Doctor Detroit and The Couch Trip. Dan Aykroyd appears in Doctor Detroit and Trading Places. Dan Aykroyd appears in Doctor Detroit and Dragnet. Fore Play (1975).
Reaction and sequel
In her autobiography, Enter Whining, Fran Drescher comments that this film was expected to be a major hit for the summer of 1983, but that it fell short of that expectation; by the time the film ended its run in theaters, it had only managed to make US$10.8 million, on a budget of US$8 million.
The end titles promise the release of Doctor Detroit II: The Wrath of Mom, meant as a gag based on Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, released eleven months previously. Aykroyd was said to have been writing the script; however, the project went unfulfilled due to poor box office results. Template:Bettersource needed