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Who's the Man? (1993)

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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:
Ed Lover ... Ed Lover
Doctor Dré Doctor Dré ... Doctor Dré
Badja Djola ... Lionel Douglas
Cheryl 'Salt' James Cheryl 'Salt' James ... Teesha Braxton
Jim Moody ... Nick Crawford
Ice-T ... Nighttrain / Chauncey
Andre B. Blake ... Lamar
Rozwill Young Rozwill Young ... Sgt. Bo Griles
Colin Quinn ... Frankie Flynn
Todd 1 ... Shorty (as Todd-1)
Bowlegged Lou Bowlegged Lou ... Forty
Bernie Mac ... G-George
Bill Bellamy ... K.K.
T-Money T-Money ... Bubba
Denis Leary ... 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 <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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The first hip-hop whodunnit!


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Release Date:

23 April 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Batsoi gia klammata See more »


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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The opening song is "Who's The Man?" by House of Pain. See more »


The jacket Jose Gomez wears in the police exam scene goes from being on to off to back on. 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 Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »


You Don't Have to Worry
Performed by Mary J. Blige
Produced by Edward Ferrell (as Eddie "DJ Eddie F." Ferrell) for Untouchables Entertainment
Co-Produced by Kenny "K-Smoov" Kornegay & Darin "Piano Man" Whittington for Untouchables Entertainment
Lyrics by Kenny "G-Love" Greene
Music by Edward Ferrell (as Eddie "DJ Eddie F." Ferrell) and Kenny "K-Smoov" Kornegay
Published by Warner/Chappell Music, Inc. and MCA Music Pub., A Div. of MCA, Inc., Frabensha Publishing.
Incorporates elements from "Papa Don't Take No Mess"
Written by James Brown (as Brown) / Fred Wesley (as Wesley) / John Starks (as Starks) / Charles Bobbitt (as Bobbit)
Used under license from Dynatone Publishing Co./Unichappell Music Inc.
Performed by James Brown
Used courtesy of Polygram Special Markets.
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EVERYTHING you could ever want in a Dre and Lover film. Flawless.
21 November 2004 | by wargo802See all my reviews

Anyone who is a fan of Dr.Dre and Ed Lover would have certain expectations for any film from the duo. "Who's the Man?" far exceeds those expectations.

And if you are a fan of music or rap in general it is still brilliant. If you are not a fan of any of these things then its brilliance is lost on you so go and watch Gone in 60 Seconds you ignorant fool.

"Who's the Man?" funny, silly, creative, relevant, full of cameos, and includes an impeccable soundtrack (including a complete performance of Naughty By Nature's "Hip-Hop Hooray"). I give credit to Ted Demme, it takes balls to direct a spoof with a straight face, but that's just what he did; and, for the most part, he succeeded (although some jokes do fall flat). An no film has ever gotten so much out of cameos. Everyone who was on MTV in the early 90's was included in this film (except for the disappointing exclusion of Jon Stewart). Over 50 hip-hop stars, and Colin Quinn, Dennis Leary, Kurt Loder, Bill Bellamy... This is movie belongs in the same company of A Hard Day's Night, Purple Rain, Gimme Shelter, High Fidelity, and The Commitments as a movie that perfectly blends film and music. A true cinematic achievement.

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