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Doctor Detroit [1983] [DVD]

Dan Aykroyd , Howard Hesseman , Michael Pressman    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Dan Aykroyd, Howard Hesseman, Donna Dixon, T.K. Carter, Lynn Whitfield
  • Directors: Michael Pressman
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Starz Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Jun 2009
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001RNXZ1U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,286 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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1980s comedy starring Dan Aykroyd as Clifford Skridlow, a timid college professor who is conned by a pimp into taking over the management of four of his prostitutes. Clifford must now draw on his deep knowledge of medieval literature to keep the women safe from feared gangster boss Mom (Kate Murtagh).

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An insipid college professor becomes involved with four prostitutes after a smooth talking pimp leaves them at his apartment. The poor girls are trying to hide from the mob.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Classic! 10 Nov 2012
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I've always loved this movie, an 80's classic. I'm so happy to add it to my DVD collection. It's one of the funniest movies ever, and not vulgar.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I haven't even met the doctor yet.... 3 Dec 2013
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....

Made on the success of The Blues Brothers, and in some respects, a kind of tribute to Mr Belushi, DD is an odd little film, and to think that the makers thought this would have been a box office smash.

The problem lies within the writing. It's too immature for adult audiences, but too adult orientated for children. If it was about a toy maker coming up with ideas that a rival maker steals, this would have been a bonafide classic, but as soon as pimps are involved, it just goes to pot, and the sincerity of it all just goes away.

Not to say that it isn't fun though. Aykroyd is wonderful as the smutty Bruce Wayne, and you can hear Coneheads whenever he turns into the titular character, and its as predictable as you could imagine.

Hilarious confrontations between street people and the upper classes, and the. Out random appearance from James Brown.

Its nothing special, but I'm an aficionado of the eighties, and until last week I'd never heard of this.

If you like this era, it's well worth watching, its fun, has a great soundtrack, but maybe just a little too leftfield for its time...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dated perhaps but still a good comedy 25 Nov 2012
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OK this is not a movie that was going to win an oscar, but it has a good cast and story and will make you smile and laugh.
In today's world CGI films it is good to know you do not always need CGI to make a good comedy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Simply silly! 22 April 2010
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A film I saw years ago and it made me laugh a lot at the time. Maybe I've grown older and wiser since then, but it is still a good bit of clean fun and entertainment, and at the price you certainly go wrong!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guilty Pleasure 23 Sep 2005
By D.F. Cook - Published on
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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4.0 out of 5 stars "The bad man from Michigan, himself." 11 Oct 2005
By cookieman108 - Published on
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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...on the flipside we see Smooth Walker (Hesseman), man about town, making his living peddling the wares of his rather fine stable of ladies, who are coveted by Mom (Murtagh), the big cheese in town, and to whom Smooth is in debt up to his eyeballs. Mom's willing to settle up (everything Smooth owes, including his ladies, in exchange for his life), but the quick thinking Smooth creates a fictional character called Doctor Detroit, claiming he's in charge of show, and is also trying to muscle in on Mom's territory. After a couple of coincidental meetings, Smooth sets the nave Cliff up as the patsy, and splits town. With the help of the girls and Smooth's driver Diavolo (Carter), Cliff dons the role as "the bad man from Michigan" out of a sense of honor and duty towards the ladies, assuming the role of their protector. The situation quickly spirals out of control as the strain of leading a double life wears on Cliff, culminating in his worlds colliding when an alumni dinner and the player's ball are scheduled for the same night, at the same hotel, both of which he's supposed to be in attendance, in one persona or another...not only that, but Mom, along with her goons, decide to crash the party and settle the good doctor's hash once and for all.

This was a pretty ridiculous movie, but I enjoyed it, and thought it was pretty funny. Aykroyd does a great job in his dual role, but is helped considerably by the supporting cast, especially the women, who are often dressed provocatively and hard not to notice (oh momma), including Ms. Dixon, who met and married Aykroyd during shooting of this film. Also doing a great job is T.K. Carter, as Smooth's driver, and Kate Murtagh as `Mom', the film's heavy (both figuratively and literally). Did anyone else notice Mom's baldheaded henchmen were named Johnny and Carson? Get it? Johnny Carson? And if the one playing Johnny (Hank Salas) looks familiar, it's probably because he also played Mike, the thug Matt Dillon's character Melvin Moody hired to protect his interests in the 1980 film My Bodyguard. The comedy doesn't flow as smoothly throughout here as in some of Aykroyd's other films of the time, but it is present, and in healthy doses. A few of my favorite scenes include the one where Aykroyd dresses up as a southern gentleman lawyer to get one of the girls out of trouble (the courtroom judge was a real cracker), the scene where we first see Aykroyd as Doctor Detroit, dressed in a scruffy Kato Kaelin wig, yellow sports jacket, green polyester slacks, white platform boots, and a metal gauntlet on his hand, and then near the end, during the finale, when Doctor Detroit does battle with Mom at the hotel. Another scene I really liked was during the Player's Ball, when James Brown was performing. I've never seen a 50-year-old man do the splits like Brown did here, sliding back up as smooth as you please. While I'm going that way I wanted to mention the music, which helped the film a lot. There were some excellent songs spread throughout by such artists as Pattie Brooks, Devo, Rick James, Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers, and The Godfather of Soul, The Hardest Working Man in Show Business, Soul Brother Number One, Mr. James Brown. The film is rated R, but only because of profanity...alas, there is no real skin to be had here, which was kind of a disappointment given the attractive supporting female cast.

The widescreen (1.85:1) anamorphic picture on this Universal Studios DVD release looks very sharp and clean, and the Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio comes through very clear. Surprisingly there are no special features, not even an original trailer, to be had, but I know the film didn't do very well at the time of its theatrical release, gaining more of a following, I think, from cable viewers (this was how I originally saw the film, since I wasn't old enough to see it in the theaters). One thing I noticed was a couple of errors in the subtitles. The one that stuck out was near the beginning, when T.K. Carter's character calls out to Skridlow (whose speed walking) from his car, "Hey man, nice legs." In the movie, Skridlow replies "Thank you", but in the subtitles he says something very with English subtitles activated to see what I mean.


By the way, while the film does feature Detroit in the title, much of it was shot in Chicago, the exteriors at least, a favored location of Aykroyd.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally!! 26 Jun 2005
By Penned Destiny - Published on
Yes, 80s Movies rule--ok, finally somebody decided to stop fighting and put this one out. This is not only an 80s classic, but an Akroyd classic, come on, all of his movies are available, why wait so long on this one. I think there are too many people missing the boat on releasing modern classics. They don't realize it is a can't miss money maker.

Funny and wonderful, sorry there probably won't be any bonus features--but that is ok--as long as I can watch it without rewinding, I am good to go.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing can stop the DOCTOR 18 Aug 2006
By S. Kelly - Published on
This movie is so ridiculous you gotta love it..... or hate it. Those are the two responses I encounter, loving it being my own. I know of no lukewarm reactions to this movie from those I know who've seen it.

This movie is produced and directed by the same person who directed the original Blues Brothers movie. I take this flick as a series of loosely strung together comedy skits. The plot is corny but its the perfect framework to hang a collection of verbal and visual puns, anecdotes and poking fun at stereotypes.

In this way it is very much the same formula used in the BB movie

The scene where Akroyd impersonates a southern lawyer, complete with a colonel sanders looking outfit he just bought from an attorney in the same courthouse is for me a laugh riot.

The movie was filmed in Chicago and as a native that appealed to me. Lots of visual and dialogue references to the locale.

I can't imagine I'm alone in appreciating this movie...... it's been recently reissued after being unavailable for a number of years........
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious 12 July 2013
By Renee Carmichael - Published on
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Now this was truly a wonderful movie that had me laughing when it first came out and I can still laugh at it today. Thanks for letting me share my views.
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