Introduction: Detroit 9000 may be the low point in Tarantino’s glorious Rolling Thunder video collection. Not because of the movie, but because of the extras. Because there are none. But lets leave that for the last paragraph of this review. Detroit 9000 is a true blaxploitation film and surprised me as a true crime flick with real qualities.|
Plot Synopsis: At a fund raiser for black governor candidate Aubrey Clayton, armed and masked gangsters enter the church and rob the place. Afterwards, Clayton urges the Detroit Police Deptartment to solve the case quickly. Because this could be a racial issue, and all over the city people are making up theories whether it’s blacks versus blacks, or racist, or just money related, the chief of police assigns two investigators to the case: Sgt. Jesse Williams (Hari Rhodes), a ‘brother’, and Lt. Dan Bassett (Alex Rocco), a white cop who has always been surpassed with promotions. He smells his big chance for career, he’s a grumpy professional. Jesse is kind of like Shaft, also a professional. Both of them tackle the case and start going after their leads. Everything leads to a whorehouse, where hoe Ruby gives them the clue to go after her pimp Ferdy. He’s supposed to have connections to the thieves that where involved in the heist. Ruby dies. Many gangsters die. The loot is gone. But Jesse smells the truth. It seems like Dan Basset himself has vanished with the loot in order to find the string-pullers behind all this or, to vanish forever and live nicely with the money. While Jesse busts Ferdy and kills most of the gangsters in a big rundown, Dan Basset tries to meet with the middle men of this conspiracy, but his cover is blown as he turns out to be white. They kill him. But Jesse is on it, and solves the case, making himself a hero in public.