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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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John Gray

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Kevin Brodbin
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Cast

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
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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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Chinese | Russian

Release Date:

4 October 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Glimmer Man See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,605,504, 6 October 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$20,100,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,000,000
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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When Cole and Campbell are walking by the movie theatre, Cole is not wearing gloves. When he shows Campbell the airline ticket, he is wearing one black glove. (This is a reused insert shot from earlier in the film, when Cole was wearing gloves while examining the ticket in the Roslov house.) See more »

Quotes

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!
Jim Campbell: Good idea, Jack! I wouldn't have thought of that!
[Cole grabs him and they crash through an old lady's window]
Jim Campbell: Police business, ma'am. The elevator was broken.
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Referenced in Foreign Land (1997) See more »

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Bulletproof
Written by Steven Seagal and Todd Smallwood
Performed by The Jeff Healey Band
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording
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the rot festers
26 May 2004 | by ThingyBlahBlah3See all my reviews

It's all been said already... this is crud from start to finish. You get all the Seagalistic touchstones: the pudgy, stone-faced megalith with a Mysterious Past who's way smarter (in this movie, his character speaks Russian, Chinese, and Japanese) and more all-around-perfect than anyone else; the bad guys who can't fight their way out of a paper bag; the "This guy is really good" speech at the two-thirds point of the film; and a climactic fight that's just as one-sided as the ones that came before.

You get messages about Non-Violence and Inner Peace sandwiched between scenes of henchmen being impaled on construction equipment and having their gonads crushed and limbs broken. You get good actors (in this case, Brian Cox, Bob Gunton, and Stephen Toblowsky) phoning it in for a quick paycheck.

I did want to point something out that nobody's mentioned here. Halfway through, the cops come to believe that Seagal is the serial killer they're pursuing (which would have been a neat idea). He is subjected to a polygraph test, which he passes. Then we are subjected to another ego-stroking scene wherein the awed polygraph tech says something like, "Someone would have to have amazing reflexes and total control of their emotions to trick this machine."

Ya know, standard Seagal boilerplate. But of course, he isn't the killer, and he really was telling the truth... but I guess the point is that they stuck in a few extra lines of dialogue about how great/perfect/wonderful Seagal is anyway. Oy vey!

My other favorite scene: Deverall's son has accidentally overheard the details of his father's nefarious (if ill-explained) plan. Seagal & Wayans ask who his accomplice is. Deverall's son remembers that he's an older guy with a Texan accent, but can't remember his name. "Smith?" says Seagal. "Yeah, that's it!" exclaims the son. Come on, maybe if the guy's name was "Myxlplyzmyx" or "Huffuruhhurr" I could accept the kid having trouble remembering it, but "Smith"?

The only thing that could have saved this trash is if they'd been daring enough to make Seagal the killer after all. That would have been one hell of a third act: Seagal the Unstoppable Killing Machine, but this time he's the villain, and Wayans and the LAPD have a heck of a time bringing him down.

My advice: skip it in favor of any of Seagal's first four. They're just as bad, but they're more entertaining.


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