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Detroit 9000 (1998)




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Congressmen Aubrey Clayton announces himself as Michigan's first Black Gubernatorial Candidate during an elegant event at the Sheraton-Cadillac Hotel. However, the celebration of his announcement is disrupted by a team of well-rehearsed masked robbers who burst into the ballroom and rob the party-goers. Clayton's moment was ruined and he wants answer. he believes the robbery was engineered by whites for the purpose of derailing his campaign.
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Alex Rocco
as Bassett
Hari Rhodes
as Williams
Robert Phillips
as Chalmers
Ron McIlwain
as Sam Orr
Sally Baker
as Ethel
as Sgt. Jesse Williams
June Fairchild
as Barbara
Richard Boutin
as Inspector
Council Cargle
as Drew Sheppard
John Nichols
as Police Chief John Nichols
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Critic Reviews for Detroit 9000

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

A gritty, disturbing evocation of the ambiguities of big-city police work.

Full Review… | April 4, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

As an example of the genre the French call a policier, the film is unexceptional.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

Its sleaze does justice to the downtrodden once mighty city.

Full Review… | February 21, 2015
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Audience Reviews for Detroit 9000


Assholes are only assholes. A black cop and a white cop are unlikely partners. The black cop has some swag, hangs in the right circles, and gets the ladies. The white cop is rigid, not a womanizer, and could potentially work against the black cop. When they are tasked to bring down some jewelry thieves, it appears cops may be involved. Can the partners trust each other? "Would you believe Roby has a college degree?" "In what, screwing?" Arthur Marks, director of Perry Mason, Friday Foster, JD's Revenge, Monkey Hustle, Bucktown, The Roommates, and Class of '74, delivers Detroit 9000. The storyline for this picture is kind of cool, more because of the sub plots delivered throughout the story. The story of the girls behind the scenes was very interesting and the ultimate resolve of the police officers was well thought out. The cast delivers okay performances and includes Scatman Crothers, Vonetta McGee, Alex Rocco, Hari Rhodes, Ella Edwards, and Herbert Jefferson Jr. "I was wondering why they cut off his legs." "So he fit in the trunk." I love watching these old Blaxploitation pictures. This movie was honestly just okay and the concluding monologue was tacky. I definitely recommend seeing this if you enjoy grindhouse or blaxpoitation films, but this definitely isn't a classic picture. "Some guys just got to make time to get theirs rocks off. I'm like that." Grade: C

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

Quentin Tarrantino is obviously a big fan of this movie as indicated by his re-releasing of said title on his Raging Thunder label and if there's one thing I really like about Tarrantino, it's his taste in films which I share wholeheartedly. Having said this, whilst not implied as an insult to the film itself, this particular blaxploitation offering can hardly be described as one of the best of its ilk; indeed it seems to plod around somewhat aimlessly for most of its running time. However, don't switch off just yet for the final third does pick up incredibly well as it ties up the threads and culminates in a tremendously fun, prolonged chase sequence backed in typical seventies style by a suitable groovy track. Final verdict: Certainly worth a look but far from the most memorable Blaxplotation flick out there.

Cassandra Maples
Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer


One of the finest blaxploitation films to come out of the 1970's. This intense cop thriller is a combination of "The French Connection",and "The Seven-Ups",set up in the corrupted racially volatile cauldron of decay of 1970's Detroit. This was a movie that was filmed on location in various parts of Detroit,with full cooperation of the Detroit Police Department and the Wayne County Sheriff's Department. The cop thriller deals with a heist gone completely bad of a black gubernatorial candidate's fundraiser. Alex Rocco(Moe Green from The Godfather)is the veteran detective on the Detroit Police Force. Jesse Williams(Hari Rhodes from the TV series The Bold Ones,and Daktari and was in Samuel Fuller's 1963 thriller Shock Corridor)is the sharp dressing,highly educated detective who is a fast-rising star in the department. Together they solve the crimes and goes beyond the grain of the scenes of a heist gone awry. However,the film is explicity violent for its scenes of its victims writhing in tortured death spasms,graphic gunshot wounds,and a bloody confrontation shootout with the baddies against the cops on the mean streets of Detroit. Director Arthur Marks(who would go on to direct Pam Grier in Friday Foster and Glynn Turman for J.D.'s Revenge for AIP)does a fine job here showing the gritty side of a city gone in decay. "Detroit 9000" was re-released back in theatres in a restored version through Quentin Tarantino's Rolling Thunder Pictures with additional commentary about this landmark film from 1973. In the film,look for blaxploitation regulars Vonetta McGee(as Rhodes' love interest),and Scatman Crothers as an crooked preacher,along with Ella Edwards.

Mister Caple
Mister Caple

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