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Undercover Brother -- Join Eddie Griffin-in this infectiously funny spoof-as a globe-trotting, funkadelic dude of intrigue, with more cool spy gadgets up his sleeve than you can shake a rocket-launching cigar at.


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Writers (WGA):
John Ridley (internet series)
John Ridley (story)
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Release Date:
31 May 2002 (USA) See more »
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When "The Man" tries to derail a black candidate's presidential campaign, Undercover Brother and his fellow secret agents come to the rescue. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
1 win & 7 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Eddie Griffin ... Undercover Brother / Anton Jackson

Chris Kattan ... Mr. Feather

Denise Richards ... White She Devil

Aunjanue Ellis ... Sistah Girl

Dave Chappelle ... Conspiracy Brother

Chi McBride ... The Chief

Neil Patrick Harris ... Lance

Gary Anthony Williams ... Smart Brother

Billy Dee Williams ... Gen. Warren Boutwell

Jack Noseworthy ... Mr. Elias
Robert Trumbull ... The Man
J.D. Hall ... Narrator (voice)
William S. Taylor ... Roscoe the Barber (as William Taylor)

Shauna MacDonald ... Wendy Marshall - TV Anchor
Ron Pardo ... Chuck
Susie Spear Purcell ... Bonnie - TV Reporter (as Susie Spear)
Jim O'Connor ... Chad - TV Anchor
Dave Pearce ... Reporter
Liz West ... Reporter

Enid-Raye Adams ... Reporter
Divine Earth Essense ... GFC Jingle Singer
Jenni Burke ... GFC Jingle Singer

Keisha T. Fraser ... GFC Jingle Singer

James Mathis III ... GFC Announcer (voice) (as James C. Mathis III)
Troy Taylor ... Li'l UB

Robert Townsend ... Mr. UB

Gina Sorell ... Multinational Receptionist

James Brown ... Himself

Simon Reynolds ... Frank the Golfer
Kenner Ames ... Golfer #2
Lee Smart ... Golf Cart Guard

David Sparrow ... Golf Cart Guard

Randy Butcher ... Bank Security Guard

Bryan Thomas ... Bank Security Guard

Tig Fong ... White She-Devil's Enforcer
Darren McGuire ... White She-Devil's Enforcer (as Darrin McGuire)

Marvin Kaye ... Fortress Security
L.J. Vasilantonakis ... Fortress Security
Paul Rapovski ... Fortress Security

Layton Morrison ... Fortress Security

Marco Bianco ... Fortress Security

Nick Alachiotis ... Fortress Security
Peter Szkoda ... Fortress Security
Wayne Downer ... Fortress Security

Bryan Renfro ... Fortress Security
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Oluniké Adeliyi ... Bank Patron (uncredited)
Paul Bates ... CSA Agent (uncredited)
Judi Embden ... Reporter (uncredited)

Pam Grier ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Jesse Jackson ... Himself - Shouting 'I Am Somebody' (archive footage) (uncredited)

Jim Kelly ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Martin Luther King ... Himself - Applauding for 'I Have a Dream' Speech (archive footage) (uncredited)

Juliet Ladines ... Kissing Girl (uncredited)
Patrick Mark ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Mr. T ... B.A. Baracus (archive footage) (uncredited)

Dennis Rodman ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Richard Roundtree ... John Shaft (archive footage) (uncredited)

Jaleel White ... Steve Urkel (archive footage) (uncredited)
Brad Wietersen ... Hot Dog Cart Vendor (DVD: deleted scenes) (uncredited)

Directed by
Malcolm D. Lee 
Writing credits
John Ridley (internet series)

John Ridley (story)

John Ridley (screenplay) and
Michael McCullers (screenplay)

Produced by
Bill Carraro .... executive producer
Brian Grazer .... producer
Mathew Hart .... associate producer
Michael Jenkinson .... producer
Damon Lee .... producer
Greg McKay .... producer
John Ridley .... executive producer
Dana Robin .... associate producer: Vancouver
Kim Roth .... executive producer
Original Music by
Stanley Clarke 
Cinematography by
Tom Priestley Jr. 
Film Editing by
William Kerr 
Casting by
Robi Reed  (as Robi Reed-Humes)
Production Design by
William A. Elliott 
Art Direction by
Elis Lam 
Set Decoration by
Ide Foyle 
Clive Thomasson 
Costume Design by
Danielle Hollowell 
Makeup Department
Nathan J. Busch II .... key hair stylist (as Nathan Busch)
Allan Cooke .... special makeup effects artist
Matthew Galliford .... special makeup effects artist
Katherine Hill .... makeup artist
Paul Jones .... special makeup effects designer
Sandra Wheatle .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Lori Greenberg .... assistant production manager
Mathew Hart .... production manager
Susan Lazarus .... post-production supervisor
Sean T. Stratton .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Black .... assistant director: second unit
Michael G. Burke .... assistant director: second unit
Donald Colafranceschi .... assistant director
H.H. Cooper .... first assistant director
Karen Davis .... second assistant director
Tyler Delben .... third assistant director
Greg Edmunds .... third assistant director
Craig Haagensen .... second unit director
Neil Lewis .... assistant director: additional photography
Neil Lewis .... second assistant director
Kirsteen McLean .... second second assistant director
Michael Shandley .... assistant director: Vancouver unit
Sean Walpole .... assistant director: second unit
Odette Blanch .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Vaughan V. Baker .... head scenic artist: Vancouver
Joseph Bower .... spray painter
Cameron S. Brooke .... key scenic artist
Robert C. Brooke .... lead scenic artist
Niki Charalambopoulos .... set painter
J.P. Dame .... set dresser
Michael Dundas .... lead painter
Ross Fraser .... construction coordinator
Kumvana Gomani .... art department coordinator
J. Ryan Halpenny .... art apprentice
Leesa Hanna .... assistant set decorator
Joanna Tracey Heaton .... props daily
William Heslup .... art director: Vancouver
Kathleen Jenkins-Gray .... assistant property master (as Kathy Altman)
Alan Letts .... assistant head carpenter
Aleksandra Marinkovich .... second assistant art director
Jae Pak .... assistant art director
Victor 'Chikko' Quon .... head painter
Dave Rosa .... head painter
Michael Shocrylas .... set designer
Jaclyn Shoub .... set decoration buyer
Robert S. Smith .... carpenter
Arlindo Vicente .... greensman
Abbie Weinberg .... third assistant art director
Toni Wong .... prop master: second unit
Sound Department
Bobbi Banks .... supervising adr editor
Brian Basham .... adr recordist
Claudia Carle .... adr recordist
Chris Carpenter .... re-recording mixer
Benjamin Cheah .... sound designer
Rick Chefalas .... apprentice sound editor
Matt Cluett .... sound transferer
Rickley W. Dumm .... assistant sound editor
Dylan A. Flores .... adr mixer (as Diana Flores)
Douglas Ganton .... sound mixer
Lewis Goldstein .... sound effects editor
Jeff Gomillion .... adr mixer
Dave Griffiths .... boom operator
Matthew Haasch .... foley editor
Rick Kline .... re-recording mixer
Andy Koyama .... re-recording mixer
Jamie Morris .... transfer assistant
Chris Navarro .... adr recordist
Igor Nikolic .... first assistant sound editor
Jay Peck .... foley artist
Jason Perreira .... sound dailies
Troy Porter .... adr mixer
Will Ralston .... foley supervisor (as Jennifer Ralston)
Blair Robb .... audio playback engineer
Philip Rogers .... adr recordist
Jac Rubenstein .... dialogue editor
Wyatt Sprague .... sound effects editor
Ron Stermac .... cable person
Paul Urmson .... supervising sound editor
Bill Meadows .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
James Gawley .... special effects machinist
Daniel Gibson .... special effects supervisor (as Dan Gibson)
Barry Hebein .... metal fabricator: Vancouver B.C.
Rob Huot .... special effects prop builder
Dan Keeler .... special effects coordinator
Warren Keillor .... special effects props
Brenda Klassen .... special effects technician
Kaz Kobielski .... special effects coordinator
Brad Larkin .... special effects
Marcus Rait .... special effects supervisor
Mark Rice .... second unit key special effects
Dean Stewart .... special effects office administrator
Sophie Vertigan .... special effects props building key
Visual Effects by
Alex Boothby .... digital compositor: Toybox
Alex Boothby .... digital matte painter: Toybox
Jeff Campbell .... digital compositor
Colin Cunningham .... 3D animator: ToyBox
Phil Dakin .... 3D animator: ToyBox
Jamie Dixon .... visual effects supervisor: Hammerhead Productions
Syd Dutton .... special visual effects
Michelle Eisenreich .... visual effects producer: Hammerhead Productions
Paul C. George .... digital effects 3D animator: Toybox
Raymond Gieringer .... visual effects supervisor: Toybox
Rob Gyorgy .... digital compositor
Gudrun Heinze .... digital compositor
Gudrun Heinze .... visual effects supervisor
James Jacobs .... 3D animator: ToyBox
Mark Kenaston .... digital artist
Cam Langs .... animator: Toybox
Zachary V. Lowe .... computer animator
Chad Malbon .... visual effects coordinator
Fumi Mashimo .... animator
Mamie McCall .... visual effects coordinator: Illusion Arts
Ray McMillan .... visual effects motion control supervisor
David E. Nunez .... visual effects
Persis Reynolds .... visual effects producer: Toybox
Greg Rodin .... scan/record operator
Geoff D.E. Scott .... senior 3D animator: Toybox
Steve Switaj .... motion control camera operator
Bill Taylor .... special visual effects
Nick Perks .... 3D animator: research and development (uncredited)
Nick Alachiotis .... stunt performer
Ron Annabelle .... ground coordinator
Nick Brett .... stunt technical advisor
Eric Bryson .... stunts
Derek Bujalski .... stunt performer
Brad Bunn .... stunt performer
Randy Butcher .... stunts
Maxine Dumont .... stunts
Mary Fallick .... stunt double
Tom Farr .... stunts
Curtis Hibbert .... stunt double
David Hooper .... stunt double
Danny Lima .... stunts
Steve Lucescu .... stunt coordinator
Steve Lucescu .... stunts
Jalil Jay Lynch .... stunt double: Eddie Griffin
Christopher McGuire .... stunts
Darren McGuire .... stunts
Duncan McLeod .... stunt performer
Billy Oliver .... stunts
Edward A. Queffelec .... stunt driver
Branko Racki .... stunts
Robert Racki .... stunts
Jeanette Roxborough .... stunt double: Denise Richards
John Stead .... stunt performer
John Stoneham Jr. .... utility stunts
Dave Tommasini .... aerial stunt helicopter pilot
Tye Tyukodi .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Ian Anderson .... camera loader: second unit
Vincent Borg .... rigging electric
Fraser Boyle .... key grip
Jeffrey Cassidy .... 24 frame video operator
Ciaran Copelin .... first assistant camera
Carolyn Cox .... first assistant camera: "a" camera, second unit
Brad Crosbie .... a camera second assistant
William Engel .... grip
Dave Ferguson .... key grip (second unit)
Candide Franklyn .... Steadicam operator
Candide Franklyn .... camera operator: "a" camera
Michael Galbraith .... gaffer
Angel Gonzalez .... camera operator: second unit
Courtney Graham .... assistant camera
Duane Gullison .... rigging gaffer
Craig Haagensen .... director of photography: second unit
Michael L. Hall .... rigging best boy
Kerry Hayes .... still photographer
Brad Hruboska .... steadicam operator (second unit)
Mark Hryma .... camera operator: Wescam camera
Mike Kirilenko .... key grip
Doug Lawrance .... camera operator: second unit
Mark Lewandowski .... video supervisor
Clement Lush .... tape operator
Scott MacKinnon .... gaffer
Robert McLachlan .... director of photography: additional photography
Marcus Paletta .... grip
Jeff Petro .... assistant camera: Wescam camera
Ron Renzetti .... dolly grip
Paul Thompson .... video assist operator
Jasper Vrakking .... 24 frame video operator
Lance White .... video assist operator: additional photography
Paul Zoskey .... 24 frame video operator
David Kohler .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Animation Department
Billy D. Choi .... animator
Casting Department
Robin D. Cook .... casting: Canada
Aric Dupere .... extras casting assistant
Donna Dupere .... extras casting
Brad Gerstl .... extras casting representative
Elizabeth Gray .... casting associate: Canada
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Aaron Unrau .... extras casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tanya Batanau-Chuiko .... cutter
Pauline Chung .... assistant wardrobe supervisor
Linda Petty .... costume supervisor
Marcia Scott .... costume set supervisor
Soo Luen Tom .... costume assistant
Jordanna Fineberg .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Ray Bushey III .... assistant editor
Hunter S. Ellis .... post-production coordinator (as Steven T. Ellis)
Michael Gay .... assistant editor
Irene Kassow .... first assistant editor
Russell Langille .... second assistant editor
Jim Passon .... color timer
Mila Patriki .... dailies colorist
Michael L. Sale .... additional editor
Location Management
Dave Ginsberg .... location scout
Scott Graham .... location manager
Joel Hurley .... location scout: reshoot
Fred Kamping .... location manager
Jeffery Pong .... assistant location manager
Andrew Saxe .... location scout
Music Department
Stanley Clarke .... additional orchestrator
Bonnie Greenberg .... music supervisor
Ira Hearshen .... additional orchestrator
William Kidd .... conductor (as Bill Kidd)
William Kidd .... orchestrator (as Bill Kidd)
Miriam Mayer .... violin and viola
Daniel Nielsen .... composer: trailer music
Jeremy Raub .... assistant music editor
Jay B. Richardson .... music editor
Jade Ryusaki .... performer: "Here I Am" No Secrets
Bart Samolis .... musician
Daniel Schweiger .... assistant music editor
Andrew Silver .... supervising music editor
E. Gedney Webb .... music editor
Frank Wolf .... scoring mixer
Scott Gutierrez .... music mixer (uncredited)
Tom Romero .... musician (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Ted Nobles .... driver: special effects
Alan Shoub .... transportation captain: second unit
William L. Tataryn .... exclusive driver: Denise Richards
Ian C. Harris .... driver: daily (uncredited)
Other crew
Monica Barraza .... assistant to director
Lorrie Barth .... second assistant accountant
John 'Frenchie' Berger .... armorer
Stephanie Lee Berger .... weapons handler
Dana Bratton .... trainer: Mr. Griffin
Anderson Byrd .... security: Mr. Griffin
Rick Charles .... adr voice
Donald Colafranceschi .... production assistant
Sean Coyne .... craft service
Judi Embden .... stand-in
Tracy Fedak .... third assistant accountant
Suzanne Friedline .... adr revoicing: Anchorwoman
Jason Giberson .... location maintenance
Dan Gosse .... daily production assistant
Nadia Guglieri .... second script supervisor
Simon Hall .... computer playback operator
Ryan Hintz .... post-production accountant
Dianne Irving .... production secretary
Conan Lee .... fight choreographer (as Conan 'Hutch' Lee)
Rose Lister .... first assistant accountant
Vair Macphee .... production coordinator
Evan W. Majors .... executive assistant
Susan Marucci .... script supervisor
Kimberlee Morley .... assistant production coordinator
Louise Muskala .... assistant: Mr. Carraro
Ken O'Keefe .... production assistant
Jane Pearson .... accounting clerk: re-shoot
George Ploszczansky .... cast security
Nichelle M. Protho .... producer: GFC commercial
Miguel Ian Raya .... assistant: Mr. Grazer (as Miguel Raya)
Deborah Ricketts .... archive researcher
Misha Skoric .... assistant: Chris Kattan
Alan Sutton .... fire safety
Wilbert Thomas .... assistant: Mr. Griffin
Dave Tommasini .... helicopter pilot
Nick Veziris .... gun wrangler
Candice Creelman .... craft service (uncredited)
Dan Gosse .... security officer (uncredited)
Kyle Rath .... security officer (uncredited)
Gale Mara Greenberg .... in memory of
Jill Greenberg-Griffith .... in memory of
Tye Tyukodi .... in memory of (as Anton 'Tye' Tyukodi)

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Rated PG-13 for language, sexual humor, drug content and campy violence
86 min | Argentina:88 min | UK:85 min
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Did You Know?

Ironically, while the movie's protagonists are African-American and the opening credits track African-Americans in the mainstream pop culture through the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, the movie opens with "Pick Up The Pieces". The song, while a pop funk classic, was performed by the Average White Band, a group of Caucasian Scotsman whose music and soulful singing style were heavily influenced by African-American funk and soul.See more »
Continuity: In the opening sequence, the amount of orange soda in Undercover Brother's Big Gulp changes from full, to half-full, to tip-top full again.See more »
Undercover Brother:Extra mayonnaise for me please.See more »
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Why does the trivia for this movie say White She devil refers to Undercover Brother as "cute in a Theo Huxtable kind of way?
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55 out of 68 people found the following review useful.
Think "Shaft" meets "Get Smart" here. :-), 31 October 2004
Author: Blueghost from The San Francisco Bay Area

There's seems to be a lot of misplaced animosity among, what I presume, are "white" commentators, regarding this film's racial thrust.

The film isn't about belittling or ridiculing "white people."

The film is about tackling prejudices: And specifically those among the U.S.'s so-called "white" and "black" populations, but told from, ostensibly, a "black" perspective, and told with humor.

Reading the negative comments on this film I wonder what movie some of the angry folks were watching. Racism is using one's own physical traits to establish social superiority over another person, or group of people, who don't look like themselves. I saw nothing of any of the African/Black/persons-of-color trying to "reverse role play" by holding themselves in a superior light over so-called "white people."

It simply wasn't there.

Myself, I hate "white guilt" messages in media of all forms. I've had enough social agenda thrust in my face. But that's NOT THE MESSAGE of "Undercover Brother."

What a lot of the "angry-white-commentators" are bothered by is the fact that they believe this film makes ALL so-called "white persons" look like evil-clowns, or condescending jerks. IT DOESN'T. If that's what you see in this film, then maybe you shouldn't be watching movies in the first place.

This film, as stated clear as day by both cast and crew, is an attempt to tackle a social problem with good humor. If you're offended by the jokes in this film, then you've completely missed the point, and are, in fact, the racist idiot that you claim this film to be (I believe psychologist call this phenomenon "projection," where someone refuses to acknowledge their own faults, and casts their own negative qualities on people they dislike).

But to the movie; it was hilarious. Myself, not being black, I couldn't help but laugh of the number of stereotypes this film poked fun at; especially "Conspiracy Brother" (played by Dave Chappell), whose loose form of illogic-thinking and one-liners had me, quite literally, falling out of my chair with laughter. And Neil Patrick Harris (Doogie Howser M.D. fame) playing the "affirmative action" intern nearly bust my gut, particularly near the end of the film. And Chris Kattan as the evil high energy second in command was just brilliant. The entire cast and film was superb. Think "Shaft" meets "Get Smart" here. :-)

What this film needed was to poke more fun at itself in a more direct manner. In a large sense this film pokes fun at itself in terms of its genre, but I think it also needed to show a couple more stereotypes. One of the great "high-profile" stereotypes in white America are black people talking in theaters, or otherwise being loud and obnoxious in places and circumstances "white" Americans thinks inappropriate. It would've been nice to see Undercover Brother cleaning up "his peoples" stereotypes, but doing so with humor before going after "the man."

I think that's a thing the film makers missed, because the other thing I believe "angry white commentators" are bothered by is the fact that there are "black" folks who have their own prejudices, and that this film might seen by that segment of black-America as a green light for ridiculing "whites." IT ISN'T.

One of the other themes the film makers missed is the coupling that that occurs between Denise Richard's character and Eddie Griffin's character. One of the primary drives of racism is the abhorrence of interracial couples. This plot point, even though it's high comedy, seemed implausible for a racially motivated antagonist. Then again, that may've been part of the film makers' strategy to show how ludicrous racial prejudice is, and can be.

The final mistake, and this is more of a minor quibble, but a profound one from a fan of this film, was the downplay of Jim Kelley's role in this film.

Where I grew up Jim Kelley was a hero, and this was amongst a circle of friends who were all white. I think the marketing decision to ace Jim Kelley's role in this film was a mistake. Not a huge one, but a mistake nonetheless.

If you're still of the opinion that this film is racist (assuming you've read this far and haven't burst a blood vessel), then I would suggest you're taking the film too personally, because the film isn't ridiculing so-called "white-people," but prejudice that, in this case, is assumed by a large chunk of white America. If you think otherwise, then you're not viewing this film with a clear mind.

Beyond that, it's one of the funniest films I've ever seen. View it with a relaxed and open mind, and enjoy some of the biggest laughs to ever hit the big screen.

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