The Man (2005 film)

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The Man
The Man Poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Les Mayfield
Produced by Kent Alterman
Toby Emmerich
Robert N. Fried
Written by Jim Piddock
Margaret Oberman
Stephen Carpenter
Starring Samuel L. Jackson
Eugene Levy
Miguel Ferrer
Music by John Murphy
Cinematography Adam Kane
Edited by Peter Fandetti
Jeffrey Wolf
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release dates
September 9, 2005 (2005-09-09)
Running time
83 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $20,000,000
Box office $10,393,696

The Man is a 2005 comedy crime film starring Eugene Levy, Samuel L. Jackson, and Miguel Ferrer.

The Man is directed by Les Mayfield and produced by Rob Fried from a screenplay by Jim Piddock, Margaret Oberman and Stephen Carpenter, based on the story by Jim Piddock and Margaret Oberman. New Line Cinema released The Man in Canada (through Alliance Atlantis) and the United States on September 9, 2005.

Filming took place in Toronto, Hamilton and Oakville, Ontario, Canada.[1]


Andy Fiddler (Eugene Levy) is preparing a speech. He works for a dental supply company, and lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

After a visit to his informant Booty (Anthony Mackie) (who is later gunned down), he sets up a buy. He is to go to a diner and be reading a USA Today. Unfortunately, Andy is in the diner, and his favorite newspaper is USA Today. A menacing Englishman (Luke Goss) sits next to him and hands him a paper bag with “his taste” in it then leaves. He wants “Turk” (the pseudonym that Vann used when setting up the buy) to drop $20,000 dollars in a certain trash can. Vann reveals that he has the money, and needs Fiddler to drop it.

Andy gets another call asking him what happened. He tells them that there were complications. Joey says he will call back in about an hour. Meanwhile, Andy tries to get away, only to have Vann graze him with a gunshot to the rear.

Andy is taken in for questioning due to an outstanding warrant on his criminal record- he purchased a stolen rug in Turkey without knowing that it was stolen, but Vann gets him out of prison to assist him in his investigation as the public contact.

When back in the car, Andy complains that he is hungry. Vann takes him to a burger joint.

Fidler suggests that they go to Vann's daughter's dance recital, which they do.

they leave and call Joey. They arrange for a meeting which they attend with no backup. Upon meeting Joey and his cronies, Joey asks who Vann is. Andy tells him that Vann will do anything that is told. Vann admits this, and tells them that he is betraying the service to make some money. Joey is convinced, and Vann takes Andy to his hotel, and they say goodbye.

They tell him that Vann was lying to both him and them, and that he is actually trying to buy the guns and killed Booty, Cortez, and Vann's partner himself. They need him to wear a wire and get a confession out of Vann.

Meanwhile, back at ATF offices, Vann is suspended, and his boss (Susie Essman) tells him that Andy was setting him up. Andy, now wired, enters Vann's office and says they need to talk. Vann starts driving to the exchange with Andy in tow. Recognizing Andy acting agitated, Vann asks him straight out if he is wired. Andy admits he is.

They enter the barn where the exchange is going to go down. Joey is skeptical and pulls a gun on Vann.

He blames it on Andy, and the last shot of the film is of a protesting Andy being led away for a cavity search.


Box office[edit]

In its opening weekend, The Man earned $4,065,014 in 2,040 theaters. Altogether, the film was a box office bomb, only earning $8,330,720 in the United States and Canada and $12,382,362 worldwide.[2]


The Man had received negative reviews from critics, many of whom shared the opinion that the plot was pointless and its jokes rehashed. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes currently reports that the film holds a score of 11% based on 100 reviews.[3] Meanwhile on Metacritic, the film received a metascore of 33 out of 100 based on 27 reviews, carrying an indication of "generally unfavorable reviews", while the user score from the website's audience carries a 5.9 out of 10, meaning "mixed or average reviews".[4] For his two 2005 performances in The Man and Cheaper by the Dozen 2, Eugene Levy received a Razzie nomination for Worst Supporting Actor.


  1. ^ "Internet Movie Database - The Man filming locations". Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  2. ^ "The Man (2005)". Retrieved 23 April 2006. 
  3. ^ "The Man". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2013-09-06. 
  4. ^ "The Man Reviews". 

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