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 Fidler, a salesman with too many questions and a knack of getting in Vanns way.



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Airs Sun. Nov. 29, 12:00 PM on HBO

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joey Kane
Lt. Rita Carbone
Dara Vann
Philip Akin ...
Second I.A. Agent
Homeless Man
Laptop Guy
John Hemphill ...
Flight Attendant
Carrie Cain-Sparks ...
Big Kim (as Carrie Cain Sparks)
George Ghali ...
Cab Driver


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


One guy walks the walk. The other talks and talks. See more »


Action | Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

9 September 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le boss  »

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Box Office


$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£329,233 (UK) (9 September 2005)


$132,547 (South Africa) (18 November 2005)

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At the 1:01 mark, you can see Luke Goss trip over his own feet. See more »


Toronto streetcars are visible in some scenes as well as the streetcar tracks. Detroit does not have streetcars. See more »


[from trailer]
[after Derrick shoots Andy in the butt]
Andy Fidler: You shot me!
Special Agent Derrick Vann: I grazed you.
Andy Fidler: Well, that's still shooting me!
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3 March 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The Man is one of what I like to call 'MWLP': Movies with little plot. The movie's plot is rather thin: Jackson is a cop whose partner was just killed by a gun-smuggling ring. He sets up a buy with a dealer, but a case of coincidence leads Levy to intercept the goods. Now that the dealers think Levy is the buyer, Jackson has no choice but to work with Levy to bust the ring.

Like I said, the plot if mediocre. But the movie itself is good. Jackson walks the walks, and Levy talks, talks, and talks! The cursing, swearing, tough-as-nails cop paired with a dental supply salesman who really just wants to get the job over with and go on with his life: preferably before Jackson shoots him in the keyster (again!). But in the end, Jackson must swallow his pride as Levy takes matters into his own hands and sets up a trade to get Jackson into the heart of the operation. Not bad for a dental supply salesman!

Over all...if you want an engaging, twisting, turning and suspenseful...look elsewhere. You want laughs, and one of the most outrageous cop pairings since Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan, see this movie.

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