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Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads (1983)

The illegal affairs of a recently deceased barbershop owner gets passed down to his manager.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Monty Ross Monty Ross ... Zachariah 'Zack' Homer
Donna Bailey Donna Bailey ... Ruth Homer
Stuart Smith Stuart Smith ... Thaddeus (Teapot)
Tommy Redmond Hicks Tommy Redmond Hicks ... Nicholas Lovejoy
Horace Long Horace Long ... Joe Ballard
LaVerne Summer LaVerne Summer ... Esquire
Africanus Rocius Africanus Rocius ... Spinks
Robert Delbert Robert Delbert ... Fletcher
Alphonzo Lewis Alphonzo Lewis ... Deacon
William Badgett William Badgett ... Silas
Herbert Burks Herbert Burks ... True God
Vanita Taylor Vanita Taylor ... Jehovah's Witness
Lynn Dummett Lynn Dummett ... Jehovah's Witness
Loretta Cragett Loretta Cragett ... Model
Curtis Brown Curtis Brown ... Photographer


Zack Homer takes over managing the barbershop after Joe is killed for trying to rip off his "investor", Mr. Lovejoy. All Zack wants to do is run a traditional barbershop giving traditional haircuts, but modern styles have passed him by and business is slow. One evening, Mr. Lovejoy shows up to offer Zack the same deal he gave to Joe. It could turn his business around, but what will he have to give in return? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Release Date:

9 May 1987 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

ジョーズ・バーバー・ショップ See more »


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$11,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was Spike Lee's first film as a director, writer and producer. He would not appear as an actor in any movies until She's Gotta Have It (1986). See more »


Zachariah: I sure as hell don't do no faggoty curls!
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Featured in Inside the Actors Studio: Episode #7.6 (2000) See more »

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Early thesis film proves Spike Lee worthy of filmmaker
4 February 2002 | by ebone84See all my reviews

Joes Bed-Stuy Barbershop is Spike Lee's thesis film for NYU graduate school. With this film it is clear that Spike Lee would go on and make better and greater films. Spike Lee's film about a barber shop centers around the main character Zack. Zack takes over the barbershop after Joe is mysteriously murdered. But it becomes apparent that Zack will follow in Joe's footsteps down the wrong path. The movie is a glimpse into the world of an urban jungle where it's survival of the fittest whether you like it or not.

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