Who's the Man?

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Who's the Man?
Who's the Man film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byTed Demme
Screenplay bySeth Greenland
Story byDoctor Dré
Ed Lover
Seth Greenland
Produced byGrace Blake
  • Doctor Dré
  • Ed Lover
  • Ice-T
CinematographyAdam Kimmel
Edited byJeffrey Wolf
John Gilroy
Music byMichael Wolff
Nic. tenBroek
Tin Pan Apple
de Passe Entertainment
Thomas Entertainment
Distributed byNew Line Cinema
Release date
  • April 23, 1993 (1993-04-23)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$5 million
Box office$11.2 million[1][2]

Who's the Man? is a 1993 thriller buddy comedy film directed by Ted Demme in his feature film directing debut. The film stars Yo! MTV Raps hosts Doctor Dré and Ed Lover as its two main protagonists and features cameo appearances from some of the top rap/hip-hop acts of the time, including (though not limited to) Busta Rhymes, Bushwick Bill, Guru, Eric B., House of Pain, Ice-T, Kris Kross, Phife Dawg, Queen Latifah, KRS-One, Run-D.M.C., and a young Del the Funky Homosapien. The film is also the feature film debut of Terrence Howard.


Doctor Dré and Ed Lover are two bumbling barbers at a Harlem barbershop. Knowing full well that cutting hair is not their calling, their boss, friend, and mentor Nick (Jim Moody) tells the two maybe they should try out for the police academy. They refuse at first, but Nick threatens them with unemployment. Crazily enough, it works out for the two, and they are accepted on the New York City police force. Things seem to be going well for them, when tragedy suddenly strikes, and they lose Nick and the barbershop. Now enforcers of the law, the team decides to investigate the incident, which they believe to be a murder.

Ed and Dre find out through the streets that a crooked land developer named Demetrius (Richard Bright) might have had something to do with their friend's death, and proceed to attempt to dig up as much dirt on him as possible. This proves to be difficult, however, when they've got an angry Sergeant (Denis Leary), a moody detective (Rozwill Young), and a bunch of unwilling street hoods (Guru, Ice-T) to go through to get the information they need. Though there aren't any certain clues to be found, strange happenings are certainly going on, as the cops found out that Demetrius' company seems to be looking for oil rather than looking for property.

With their superiors not believing Ed and Dre's story and getting themselves in trouble, they end up being suspended. However, they get a lead to a warehouse where they find a lot of guns. They have enough evidence to arrest Demetrius, but Demetrius didn't kill Nick. It was revealed that Nick's friend, Lionel, who was working for Demetrius had murdered him because Nick refused to sell his shop. Ed and Dre have Lionel arrested.

Ed and Dre are offered their jobs back, but decided to quit, stating it's too violent for them. When they return to their old barbershop they discover oil coming from the floor. Soon after, they're back in business re-opening the place giving customers bad haircuts.


Cameo appearances[edit]


Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 50% based on reviews from 7 critics.[3]

Roger Ebert gives a favorable review, with a score of 3 stars out of 4.[4]


A soundtrack containing hip hop music was released on April 20, 1993, through MCA Records. It peaked at #32 on the Billboard 200 and #8 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.


  1. ^ "Who's the Man?". Box Office Mojo.
  2. ^ "Who's the Man? (1993) - Financial Information". The Numbers.
  3. ^ "Who's the Man?". Rotten Tomatoes.
  4. ^ Roger Ebert (April 23, 1993). "Who's The Man? Movie Review & Film Summary (1993)". Chicago Sun-Times.

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