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The Man

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Director: Les Mayfield

Cast: Les Mayfield, Samuel L. Jackson, Eugene Levy, Luke Goss

     
 
Les Mayfield directs Samuel L. Jackson and Eugene Levy in the buddy action comedy The Man. Jackson plays ATF agent Derrick Vann. His partner, who it turns out was corrupt, has been killed after a cache of guns were stolen from the ATF office in Detroit. Internal affairs believe Derrick was in on the gun theft, forcing him to go off on his own to bring the bad

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Les Mayfield directs Samuel L. Jackson and Eugene Levy in the buddy action comedy The Man. Jackson plays ATF agent Derrick Vann. His partner, who it turns out was corrupt, has been killed after a cache of guns were stolen from the ATF office in Detroit. Internal affairs believe Derrick was in on the gun theft, forcing him to go off on his own to bring the bad guys to justice. Dental supply salesman Andy Fiddler (Levy) happens to be in Detroit for a business convention. During the course of figuring out who is responsible for his partner's death, Derrick arrests Andy because of a miscommunication. Soon the hard-edged law enforcer and the meek businessman team up to extricate themselves from their life-threatening predicament.

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By teaming up for the mismatched buddy comedy The Man, Samuel L. Jackson and Eugene Levy have once again reinforced their reputations for taking each and every role they're offered. At least in this case, both actors are absolutely suited for their parts -- in fact, it's hard to imagine anyone else playing Derrick Vann, the short-tempered ATF agent, or Andy Fiddler, the loquacious dental equipment salesman. Perfect casting does not a perfect movie make, but The Man is better than it should have been, which is as much as anyone can hope for. Yes, there's a lot of humor about flatulence, cavity searches and getting shot in the butt, but Jackson and Levy embrace their parts enough to make the most of their odd-couple pairing. In particular, it's nice to see Levy's character portrayed as something other than a total doofus. It's an easy joke to make the painfully white guy in the glasses a coward and a blowhard, and while Andy Fiddler does display those traits to some degree, he's also reasonably courageous and perceptive. Derrick Vann is more of a one-dimensional Jacksonian character, with plenty of the badass yelling that's been Jackson's trademark since Pulp Fiction. His police skills are also questionable, but not because he bends the rules like rogue officers always do -- rather, he repeatedly and brazenly jeopardizes what should be a delicate undercover operation. (Most prominently: He gets on a bullhorn at a crowded intersection and bellows at a gathering of police officers for hampering a federal investigation). The Man wraps itself up in a scant 83 minutes, lending more credence to the notion that director Les Mayfield et al were just trying to get it out the door as quickly as possible. Still, even comedy snobs will probably find themselves laughing here and there.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/17/2006
UPC:
0794043100901
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
New Line Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:23:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Deleted scenes; Hilarious blooper reel; Behind-the-scenes featurettes and more!

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Samuel L. Jackson Derrick Vann
Eugene Levy Andy Fiddler
Luke Goss Joey/Kane
Miguel Ferrer Agent Peters
Susie Essman Lt. Rita Carbone
Anthony Mackie Booty
Horatio Sanz Diaz
Rachael Crawford Dara Vann
Tomorrow Baldwin Montgomery Kate Vann

Technical Credits
Les Mayfield Director
Kent Alterman Executive Producer
Stephen W. Carpenter Screenwriter
Bruce Carwardine Sound/Sound Designer
Toby Emmerich Executive Producer
Rob Fried Producer
Cathy Sandrich Gelfond Casting
Matthew Hart Executive Producer
Adam Kane Cinematographer
Amanda Mackey-Johnson Casting
James McAteer Art Director
John Murphy Score Composer
Margaret Oberman Original Story,Screenwriter
Jim Piddock Original Story,Screenwriter
Dana Sano Musical Direction/Supervision
Carol Spier Production Designer
Bill Straus Co-producer
Delphine White Costumes/Costume Designer
Jeffery Wolf Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Man
1. Opening Title [2:58]
2. Trust Can Get You Dead [2:38]
3. The Hook Up [2:41]
4. A Taste [2:43]
5. The Stick Up [1:01]
6. "The Turk" [2:30]
7. The Package [2:00]
8. 911 [3:48]
9. First & Bagley [2:49]
10. The Line Up [5:17]
11. "Crying Out Loud" [2:09]
12. The Promise [1:39]
13. It Drives Pretty Good [6:16]
14. Booty [6:26]
15. Don't Trust Anyone [3:46]
16. Lucky's Bar & Grill [7:58]
17. Meeting Kane [4:47]
18. Long Goodbyes [1:22]
19. Dental Conference [1:19]
20. One More Thing [4:32]
21. Chit Chat [2:35]
22. The Deal [3:45]
23. The Airport [3:52]
24. End Credits [4:07]

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The Man 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
57-creativeladies More than 1 year ago
I so enjoy this movie, just wish that it wasn't so hard to find, don't know why cause it really is one of Mr Jackson's best work, funny as ..... all I'm saying is that on a sad or gloomy day you should play this movie and I so swear that you will for surely laugh your "blues" a way - and learn a new way to unlearn one less curse word. I so strongly invite you to buy this movie and see what the f@#%k I'm talking about.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What took so long to pair Jackson and Levy together? They make a great act, and this movie is full of laughs. Go get it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is so funny in certain scenes that I almost suffocated. Don't miss it.
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