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The January Man (1989)

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Nick and Frank Starkey were both policemen. A scandal forced Nick to leave the force, now a serial killer has driven the police to take him back. A web that includes Frank's wife, bribery, ... See full summary »





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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christine Starkey
Bernadette Flynn
Police Commissioner Frank Starkey
Captain Vincent Alcoa
Mayor Eamon Flynn
Alison Hawkins
Roger Culver (as Ken Welsh)
Jayne Haynes ...
Detective Reilly
Greg Walker ...
Lana Pico


Nick and Frank Starkey were both policemen. A scandal forced Nick to leave the force, now a serial killer has driven the police to take him back. A web that includes Frank's wife, bribery, and corruption all are in the background as Nick tries to uncover the secret of where the killer will strike next, and finally must lay a trap without the police. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Murder. Corruption. Comedy. See more »


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Release Date:

13 January 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Im Zeichen der Jungfrau  »

Box Office


$4,611,062 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Through-out the movie, the character played by Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Bernadette Flynn, says that she is 23 years old. At the time the movie was released, Mary Elizabeth was 30. See more »


When Allison was strangled (and later died) in the beginning of the movie, there isn't a bruise marked on her neck from the ribbon that the strangler was using. See more »


Mayor Eamon Flynn: Who do you think you're talking to? Jesus Christ! Who the fuck do you think you're talking to? You think I'm your wife? You wanna fuck me? Don't mess with me! You mess with me and you better have a goddamn sense of humor the size of Lake Michigan to find something to laugh about. And if I send you a rubber duck to work with that is the news. Can you understand that? Do you understand?
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References Midnight Cowboy (1969) See more »


Bridal Procession
from "Madame Butterfly"
Written by Giacomo Puccini
Performed by Renata Scotto and Carlo Bergonzi
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A misunderstood film...
29 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

January man is kind of a neat movie that is clearly a romantic comedy masquerading as a psychological thriller. It has a wonderful cast, an acclaimed screenwriter and even a Marvin Hamlisch score. The film was billed as almost an older version of 'The Bone Collector'. But it seems more like a serial killer version of 'Moonstruck'. I can see why many people were disappointed in the film. They saw the movie from a totally different angle. The serial killer (the January man) is almost ancillary to the actual plot of the movie. It is a Kevin Kline driven vehicle with a old and new love interest(Sarandon & Mastrantonio). It has the re-reinstatement of a hero cop who takes a fall from grace for his brother (Harvey Keitel)and is banished from the police department and is relegated to fighting fires rather than criminals. It has the cro-magnon police captain (Aiello) and the even older Mayor(Steiger). All these pieces of the puzzle come together to provide decent little film which I think is clearly misunderstood.

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