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Doctor Detroit

Doctor Detroit film poster
Directed by Michael Pressman
Produced by Robert K. Weiss
Written by Bruce Jay Friedman
Carl Gottlieb
Robert Boris
Starring Dan Aykroyd
Howard Hesseman
Fran Drescher
Donna Dixon
Howard Hesseman
Music by James Brown (theme song, "Get up Offa That Thing/Dr. Detroit")
Lalo Schifrin
Cinematography King Baggot
Editing by Christopher Greenbury
Distributed by Universal Studios
Release date(s) May 6, 1983
Running time 89 min.
Country  United States
Language English
Budget US$8,000,000 (estimated)

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.


Plot summary

A shy, gentle man named Clifford Skridlow (Dan Aykroyd) 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.

The women are high-class prostitutes. Smooth Walker (Howard Hesseman), their pimp, is in danger due to his enormous debt to the gruff "Mom," a Chicago mob boss. Smooth invents a fictitious business partner, the flamboyant "Doctor Detroit," in an attempt to save himself from Mom's wrath.

Through a series of comical misunderstandings, Cliff is conned into becoming Smooth Walker's patsy. He transforms himself into Doctor Detroit, embarking on a dangerous mission to protect the girls from Mom. He also must keep this secret from his straight-laced parents while simultaneously attempting to secure a large endowment for the struggling university.

Cliff becomes a hero to the four women, but puts his life at grave risk.

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.


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R & B
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  1. Theme from Doctor Detroit - Devo 3:10
  2. Hold Him - Pattie Brooks, Dan Aykroyd 3:22
  3. King of Soul - James Brown 2:40
  4. Yo Skridlow - T.K. Carter, Dan Aykroyd 4:40
  5. Working Girls - Pattie Brooks, Dan Aykroyd 4:48
  6. Get Up Offa That Thing/Doctor Detroit - James Brown 3:23
  7. Luv-Luv - Devo 3:36
  8. You Are the One - Pattie Brooks 4:05
  9. Get It on and Have a Party - Pattie Brooks 6:09



In her autobiography, "Enter Whining", Fran Drescher comments that this film was expected to be a major hit but that it fell short of that expectation; by the time the film ended its run in theatres, it had only managed to make US$10.8 Million, on a budget of US$8 Million.

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