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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".

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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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:

The Glimmer Man See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,605,504, 6 October 1996

Gross USA:

$20,351,264

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,351,264
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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

After the film was completed, Warner Brothers 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 ([Keenen Ivory Wayans]) and Cole ([Steven Seagal]) and a great deal of Michelle Johnson's scenes, as Cole's wife, Jessica, were cut. See more »

Goofs

Before the final confrontation between Jack, Jim and the bad guys, there's a glimpse of a hand pulling the red sofa backward when Frank, Donald and the rest of the gang are entering in the hotel room See more »

Quotes

Jack Cole: [regarding a dead Russian woman] What else do you see?
Jim Campbell: She's got nice tits.
Jack Cole: Exactly. But I think a little *too* nice.
[takes a scalpel and cuts open the woman's breast, removing a gel-filled implant with a serial number on it]
Jack Cole: Okay, partner. Run this number.
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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 »

Connections

References The Philadelphia Story (1940) 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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Not as bad as the crummy title suggests, but could have been better.
22 August 2004 | by modiusSee all my reviews

In this se7en-styled knock-off, Steven Seagal and Keenen Ivory Wayans are teamed up together to track down a typically vicious serial killer.

Along the way they encounter Russian Mafia who, we learn from this movie, all have tattoos on their forearms, but Seagal, can beat them quite easily. He also has a mysterious past and was called "The Glimmer Man"... ugh!

The mysterious past thing is just so lame in this movie. They call him "the Glimmer man" because you only see a glimmer before he kills you. This sub-plot point is actually irrelevant to the whole movie. Why can't he just be a cop who just happens to be very good at martial arts? Why isn't the serial killer called "the glimmer man"? It's actually quite annoying when you think about it.

There's also a sub-plot about the smuggling of chemical warfare from Russia - but where the heck is it? It never appears in the movie. The heroes don't even try to go to the docks to try and find the container shipment, or use SWAT to storm warehouses that belong to the Russian Mafia.

This movie is filled with sub-plots that are, to all ends and purposes, totally irrelevant to the movie.

The acting and chemistry between Seagal and Wayans feels forced - but I didn't mind because the action and story kept this movie moving.

One of the things I liked about this movie is that half way through Seagal himself is considered a suspect. I thought this actually be a sign of intelligent writing in the movie, and I was expecting a shock ending or twist with Wayans discovering he's been working with and helping the serial killer... It'd be far more intelligent than this drek of an action movie.

Anyway, by the end we're treated with a quite good action/martial art sequence with the lead henchman who dies quite grissly.

Overall, this movie has a crummy title and can't decide if it wants to be intelligent or just another brutal action movie. It chooses option 2.

Rating: 4/10


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