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The Glimmer Man (1996)

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Two cops, played by Seagal and Wayans, are forced to work together to solve a chain of mysterious killings by a killer nicknamed "The Family Man".






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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Deverell
Mr. Smith
Donald Cunningham
Jessica Cole
Christopher Maynard
Millie's Father
Capt. Harris
Det. Roden
Johnny Deverell
Smith's Bodyguard
Jesse Stock ...
Cole's Son
Cole's Daughter (as Alexa Vega)


Jack Cole is a soft spoken, mystical, new age New York cop with a checkered past. He is transferred to Los Angeles to help Los Angeles cop Jim Campbell solve a series of brutal murders in which the victims are crucified. The murders that have happened since Jack arrived in Los Angeles just don't sit right with him. When the killer, known as the "Family Man", kills Ellen DunLeavy, who happens to be Jack's ex wife and the mother of his two kids, and Ellen's husband Andrew DunLeavy, it becomes personal - especially when Jack's prints are found on Ellen's body. Jack meets with his military mentor Smith, not knowing that Smith is in cahoots with local crime boss Frank Deverell. Written by Todd Baldridge <sandib@eastky.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Two good cops. One bad situation.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, language and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 October 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Glimmer Man  »

Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,605,504 (USA) (4 October 1996)


$20,400,913 (USA) (13 December 1996)

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Brian Cox replaced Tommy Lee Jones at very short notice. See more »


Johnny Strong, who plays Johnny Deverell, is listed in the end credits as playing "Johnny Deverall". See more »


Jack Cole: [Campbell is shot through a window but catches the ledge on his way down. Cole brings him a rope from the roof] Hang on, Jim!
Detective Jim Campbell: Good idea, Jack! I wouldn't have thought of that!
[Cole grabs him and they crash through an old lady's window]
Detective Jim Campbell: Police business, ma'am. The elevator was broken.
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Featured in Detonator (2003) See more »


Written by Steven Seagal, Todd Smallwood, and Matt Andes
Performed by Taj Mahal
Courtesy of Private Music
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Good entertainment
6 March 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Well, maybe I am going against the trend of voting, but sometimes we forget that there is such a thing as a capital 'E' meaning Entertainment value involved in film making.

I have just viewed this film on DVD, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Possibly doesn't rate an 'A' or 'B' rating, for artistic value, but let's face it, not all the ones that do are entertaining to a general audience.

I have always felt that Stephen seems to portray the characters he plays quite strongly without overstating the obvious. The action seems very realistic to me. And many of his films has a moral attached. Mr Cool personified. And he is rather good looking too, so nice to see a tall man on the screen as the action hero.


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