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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

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Nick Starkey
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Christine Starkey
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Bernadette Flynn
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Police Commissioner Frank Starkey
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Captain Vincent Alcoa
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Mayor Eamon Flynn
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Ed
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Alison Hawkins
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Roger Culver (as Ken Welsh)
Jayne Haynes ...
Alma
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Cone
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Rip
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Detective Reilly
Greg Walker ...
January Man
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Lana Pico
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Storyline

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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13 January 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The January Man  »

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$4,611,062 (USA)
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Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio met her future husband, the film's director Pat O'Connor while working on this project. See more »

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As a matter of definition, the integer 1 (one) is not a prime. See more »

Quotes

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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Auld Lang Syne
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Traditional tune, with lyrics by Robert Burns
Sung by Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Faye Grant as they leave the hotel
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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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