The Glimmer Man (1996)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  4 October 1996 (USA)
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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 <>

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)


JPY 87,897,900 (Japan) (24 January 1997)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


After the film was completed, Warner Bros. conducted additional editing on the film to make it faster and more like a regular Steven Seagal movie. Cut scenes included several comedic and dramatic exchanges between Campbell and Cole and a great deal of Michelle Johnson's scenes, as Cole's wife, Jessica, were cut. See more »


When Cole grabs Johnny as he jumps through the school window, there is another window across a gap that is high up, which would mean that the two would go tumbling to the ground, yet Cole and Johnny fly across this huge gap and land through the window on the other side, a physical impossibility. See more »


Mr. Smith: [Having been shot in the foot, and then his left hand, Cole holds the gun up to his right hand] Jack! Now, Jack-Jack... I-I need that hand, Jack, I need that hand, Jack!
Jack Cole: You know I will. Right about n...
Mr. Smith: Alright! Alright! Game over!
[a beat]
Mr. Smith: God, I've missed you, Jack! So many young men today just won't go that extra mile.
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References Kung Fu (1972) See more »


As Time Goes By
Music and Lyrics by Herman Hupfeld
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Classic Seagal at its best!!!
16 February 2003 | by (U.S.A) – See all my reviews

Truly my favorite Seagal movie. Akido, one liners, arrogance, and humor all provided by the action star the critics love to hate. The Lento's scene is probably the best of Seagal's troubled career and is sorely missed in his latest films. An action vehicle that played perfectly to his talents and probably the last of the finest when it comes to the Seagal collection with the exception of "Exit Wounds". Although unappreciated at the box office, this is what made Seagal "Seagal" and belongs in any Seagal fans DVD collection.

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