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The Glimmer Man (1996)

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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Frank Deverell
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Mr. Smith
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Donald Cunningham
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Jessica Cole
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Christopher Maynard
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Millie's Father
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Capt. Harris
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Det. Roden
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Johnny Deverell
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Smith's Bodyguard
Jesse Stock ...
Cole's Son
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Cole's Daughter (as Alexa Vega)
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Millie
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Storyline

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>

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Two good cops. One bad situation.


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

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4 October 1996 (USA)  »

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Glimmer Man  »

Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,605,504 (USA) (6 October 1996)

Gross:

$20,100,000 (USA)
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Trivia

According to Keenen Ivory Wayans, one time during production, after waiting for a long time for Seagal to finally show up on the set (he was known for not caring for the time when filming was to start, and would always show up very late), Seagal appeared with some script and said how it was the greatest script he ever read in his entire life. When Wayans asked him who wrote it, Seagal responded by saying; "I did." See more »

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When they are supposedly meeting an informant, the wipers of the car are only working when viewed from the inside, and not from the outside. See more »

Quotes

[Deverell hears a tape of Smiths conversation with Cole]
Jack Cole: I know you're friends with everyone from the postman to the President, but *none* of them will touch you with a ten foot pole once this tape gets out.
Frank Deverell: What do you want?
Jack Cole: Donald. Donald's your trigger-man, right? We want him, not you. You give him to us in a pretty pink bow and the murder weapon. I take it from there. You take the tape. My name gets clean. Your name stays clean. Everyone's happy. Agreed?
Frank Deverell: Done.
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Connections

References Kung Fu (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Snake
Written by Steven Seagal, Todd Smallwood, and Matt Andes
Performed by Taj Mahal
Courtesy of Private Music
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Seagal's descent began here
23 June 2001 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

It was here the trend of Seagal starring in more economically budgeted movies with drab scripts that seriously lacked action. (And that were never screened for the critics!) Though the fight sequences here aren't has badly done as in his subsequent movies (the editing is less frenzic), they are few and far between. As a result, action fans will really be bored, especially since the story is so drab, despite it involving a serial killer who's especially sadistic. New twists to the story only occasionally come, and they are usually so murky that eventually the viewers will be confused as to who is doing what (and why.)

Seagal and Wayans never quite generate the necessary chemistry, despite the fact that their characters are opposed in their views and practices. Although they occasionally have some mildly amusing dialogue, the level of dialogue is generally bad, sometimes mind-bogglingly so.

It's easy to see why this didn't do much at the box office, and why Seagal increasingly became frustrated with Warner Brothers, eventually leaving them. (Though he returned for EXIT WOUNDS for some reason.) Seagal needs to not only stop playing the same basic character in each of his movies, but stop choosing scripts that recycle the same basic elements we see in almost every one of his movies. If he does that, there is a possibility he could remove the stigma of being a glorified "B" movie actor.


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