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The January Man (1989)

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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Vincent Alcoa
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Alison Hawkins
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Roger Culver (as Ken Welsh)
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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, 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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13 January 1989 (USA)  »

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Im Zeichen der Jungfrau  »

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$4,611,062
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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 »

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[Nick is struggling with the killer]
Nick Starkey: Listen, stop kicking me. I hate that.
[the killer kicks him again]
Nick Starkey: I told you to stop that! You're not gettin' away, why don't you just fuckin' accept it?
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References Midnight Cowboy (1969) See more »

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Amherst Song
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Sung by Faye Grant
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A misunderstood film...
29 May 2006 | by 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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