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The Man (2005)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 9 September 2005 (USA)
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Special Agent Derrick Vann is a man out to get the man who killed his partner, but a case of mistaken identity leads him to Andy Fiddler, a salesman with too many questions and a knack of getting in Vann's way.

Director:

Les Mayfield

Writers:

Jim Piddock (screenplay), Margaret Oberman (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Samuel L. Jackson ... Derrick Vann
Eugene Levy ... Andy Fiddler
Miguel Ferrer ... Agent Peters
Luke Goss ... Joey Kane
Susie Essman ... Lt. Rita Carbone
Anthony Mackie ... Booty
Gigi Rice ... Susan
Rachael Crawford ... Dara Vann
Philip Akin Philip Akin ... Second I.A. Agent
Christopher Murray ... Homeless Man
Joel Keller ... Laptop Guy
John Hemphill John Hemphill ... Ted
Kathryn Greenwood ... Flight Attendant
Carrie Cain-Sparks ... Big Kim (as Carrie Cain Sparks)
George Ghali George Ghali ... Cab Driver
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Storyline

A federal agent turns up dead and a hardcore undercover agent, known as Derrick Vann heads off to try and recover the stolen arms and find the killers. Andy Fiddler is an ordinary family man and a dentist, and is out heading to a conference, when he gets stuck in the same mess. Criminal Kane believes Fiddler is 'The Man' behind it all and offers him a gun. Vann spots him and drags him across town, with him posing as the actual 'Man'. Written by simon

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Genres:

Action | Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, rude dialogue and some violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le boss See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,065,014, 11 September 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$8,326,035, 9 October 2005
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SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Samuel L. Jackson wanted Darius Jackson to play an unspecified role. See more »

Goofs

In the diner where Kane gives Andi the "taste", the opening of the bag is folded to the right. When Kane pats the bag before leaving it's folded to the left and then it's shown folded to the right again. See more »

Quotes

Special Agent Derrick Vann: If you try to run this time, I'll put a bullet in a part of your ass where you're gonna need it.
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Featured in At the Movies: The Worst Films of 2005 (2006) See more »

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I Just Want to Celebrate (Mocean Worker Remix)
Written by Nick Zesses and Dino Fekaris
Performed by Rare Earth
Courtesy of Motown Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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'The Man' a limp piñata of clichéd characters, jokes and plots that begs to be hit...
10 September 2005 | by moviesfan11See all my reviews

'The Man' a limp piñata of clichéd characters, jokes and plots that begs to be hit...

The miscast Samuel L. Jackson stars as Derrick Vann, a caustic, gung ho Federal Agent who has 24 hours to recover a pile of stolen weapons and find his former partner's killers. This becomes much more challenging when the bad guys mistake salesman Andy Fiddler (Levy, also miscast) for the gun buyer. Now, Vann has to get Andy to pose as the front man in a sting operation.

The only thing that set's 'The Man' apart from any other buddy cop movie is that it wastes the most talent in less time then you can say "He's my bitch." I was planning on seeing "Emily Rose", but it was sold out, so I got stuck with this limp, unnecessary buddy cop "comedy" with not an original idea in it's mess of clichés. Both actors have real talent, but are wasted, trying to do their best with weak material. While the film does have some laughs, it's a lame movie with recycled jokes that doesn't realize it's a lame movie with recycled jokes. That's the real problem here.

Brainless movies are appreciated when they don't take themselves too seriously. 'The Man' can't be classified in this category because It does take itself too seriously, and actually begins to think it's a passable movie. If I wanted to see brainless fun, there are much better options out there. Don't waste $10 on this movie, don't even wait for it on DVD. Avoid.

The Man: D(3 from 10)


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