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Who's the Man? (1993)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Mystery  |  23 April 1993 (USA)
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Ed Lover and Doctor Dre are two inept barbers. Deciding that maybe they ought to find another line of work, they join the police. A big mistake, as far as their duty sergeant, Sgt Cooper is... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Doctor Dré ...
Badja Djola ...
Cheryl 'Salt' James ...
Nighttrain / Chauncey
Rozwill Young ...
Sgt. Bo Griles
Frankie Flynn
Shorty (as Todd-1)
Bowlegged Lou ...
T-Money ...
Sgt. Cooper


Ed Lover and Doctor Dre are two inept barbers. Deciding that maybe they ought to find another line of work, they join the police. A big mistake, as far as their duty sergeant, Sgt Cooper is concerned, who proceeds to harass them at every turn. Despite this, they discover a major crime, and proceed to solve them in their own unusual fashion. Written by Brian W Martz <>

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The first hip-hop whodunnit!


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Release Date:

23 April 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Batsoi gia klammata  »

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$11,299,730 (USA)

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This move stars Ed Lover and Doctor Dre, hosts of Yo MTV Raps. Doctor Dre is sometimes confused with Dr. Dre, the prolific producer of NWA fame. The movie begins with the Dr. Dre song "A N**** Witta Gun" as an homage to this confusion; the song's chorus includes the line "Who's the man with the master plan?", which is fitting given the movie's title, "Who's the man?" See more »


Demetrius makes mention of a bible scripture "Every man's sword will be against his brother". He says this is from the book of Daniel. It is actually from Ezekiel 38:21. See more »


Sgt. Cooper: You fucked me! You fucked me! You might as well kiss me 'cause you're fucking me!
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Referenced in Comedy Central Roast of Denis Leary (2003) See more »


Performed by Heavy D and Buju Banton
Produced by Dave Kelly
Lyrics by Dave Kelly and Heavy D
Music by Dave Kelly
Buju Banton appears courtesy of Mercury Records
Written by Heavy D and Dave Kelly
Used by permission of EMI April Music, Inc., Across 110th St. Publishing, E-Z-Duz-It Publishing,
EMI Music Publishing Ltd. and New Line Tunes, administered by EMI Blackwood Music Inc.
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Good production, good laughs
27 December 2006 | by (Everything's got to be somewhere) – See all my reviews

Cards on the table: I'm a 46 year old white guy. I don't know Dre or Lover.

I like some slapstick, and some I don't. For your reference, I never much cared for Abbott & Costello or the 3 Stooges, but I love Laurel & Hardy and the Marx Brothers. Dre & Lover got lots of personality and good humor. Love watching their comedy routine -- the best part of the movie.

Ice-T has a small part, must be one of his first on the screen. Would like to see him in bigger parts; he's on TV a lot lately and he's an interesting actor.

The closing credits are playing to some hip-hop. The lyrics use the "N" word, but it occurs to me that I don't remember hearing it in the movie's dialog. It's the end of 2006 and it's finally going out of style, but avoiding it 13 years ago was a touch of class.

I've got Cinemax playing on the TV. The next movie is coming on, which they rate "MV" for Mild Violence. If I were to rate "Who's the Man," I wouldn't give it any violence rating. A gun was waived around menacingly, once. Otherwise, they're too busy having fun. Bring the kids. (Apparently, the professional movie-raters disagree. Maybe society has changed a lot in 13 years. Either that, or professional movie-raters are fuddy duddies.) -Neil-

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