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The Glimmer Man (1996)

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


John Gray


Kevin Brodbin





Cast overview, first billed only:
Steven Seagal ... Lt. Jack Cole
Keenen Ivory Wayans ... Det. Jim Campbell
Bob Gunton ... Frank Deverell
Brian Cox ... Mr. Smith
John M. Jackson ... Donald Cunningham
Michelle Johnson ... Jessica Cole
Stephen Tobolowsky ... Christopher Maynard
Peter Jason ... Millie's Father
Ryan Cutrona ... Capt. Harris
Richard Gant ... Det. Roden
Johnny Strong ... Johnny Deverell
Robert Mailhouse ... Smith's Bodyguard
Jesse Stock Jesse Stock ... Cole's Son
Alexa PenaVega ... Cole's Daughter (as Alexa Vega)
Nikki Cox ... Millie


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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Life on the streets has just gotten rougher for Homicide Detectives Cole and Campbell. They've become partners. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


Steven Seagal championed Trevor Rabin as the composer of the film. Years earlier Rabin, an avid guitar enthusiast like Seagal, had coached and trained Seagal with his guitars. See more »


When Donald gets thrown through a window barred with heavy iron fencing, the iron clearly wobbles, as if made of rubber. See more »


Lt. Jack Cole: [Cole is visited at the police station by Cunningham] ... I'm kind of busy right now.
Donald Cunningham: I'll be very brief; Mr. Deverell asked me to speak with you on behalf of his stepson John. My boss feels your testimony would be very helpful in getting John acquitted on grounds of temporary insanity.
Lt. Jack Cole: Well, I have two problems there. First of all, I don't think John is insane. Troubled? Goes without saying. Needs help? Couldn't agree more; deserves all he can get, too. However, that applies to a lot of people I ...
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Alternate Versions

In the BBFC-approved UK video version, nine seconds are cut. In the scene where Cole confronts two Russians in the car, four seconds of Cole beating a Russian over the head nine times with his gun butt have been cut, and in the final fight scene, four seconds of Cole repeatedly punching Donald in the face after kicking him onto the table are cut. See more »


Featured in Detonator (2003) See more »


Written by Steven Seagal and Todd Smallwood
Performed by The Jeff Healey Band
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording
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Standard Segal Fare, Average Action Formula
31 December 2003 | by mwendelSee all my reviews

This is another Segal formula flick. Thankfully, unlike some of his more recent movies, he's in much better physical shape (i.e. he's not fat). Segal plays yet another former government operative, now a local police officer/detective, trying to live out his life out of the "business".

Shrouded in mystery and controversy, Segal, once again, become a one man wrecking crew taking out everyone and everything, while maintaining his clam, Buddhist/Art of War philosophies in the process.

Why on earth they dragged, Keenan Ivory Wayans into a Segal formula movie is beyond me. I mean not say I didn't like him in the flick, but why him? Better yet, why anyone? As far as I can tell Segal usually does his better movies running solo, as he is the bona fide martial artist. One would figure if you were going to pair him up with someone, make it another action hero or another martial artist.

Either way, if you're a Segal, action movie fan this movie is a good way to kill a couple of hours. If you're not into that, then skip this flick.

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Release Date:

4 October 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,605,504, 6 October 1996

Gross USA:


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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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