The January Man

The January Man


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This offbeat police thriller with heavy doses of humor was written by John Patrick Shanley, the former playwright who wrote Cher's hit romantic comedy Moonstruck. Kevin Kline stars as Nick Starkey, a brilliant former New York City police detective who has been exiled to the fire department because of his unorthodox ways. He's called back to service by his police commissioner brother Frank (Harvey Keitel) in the hopes that he can find a bizarre serial killer who's been murdering one woman a month. Nick's condition to agreeing to help is that he gets to cook dinner for Frank and his snooty wife Christine (Susan Sarandon), a former girlfriend of his. Ultimately, Nick uses his Zen-like intuition and some high-tech computer hardware (with prominent product placement plugs) to find the killer, pausing to have an affair with the mayor's beautiful daughter Bernadette (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. In the improbable conclusion, Nick figures out the exact day the killer will strike and the exact apartment! January Man is too tongue-in-cheek to be taken seriously as a thriller. In addition to Keitel and Sarandon the stellar supporting cast includes Rod Steiger as the mayor and Danny Aiello as a tough police captain who rails against Nick's "beatnik" ways.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/11/2015
UPC: 0738329173524
Original Release: 1989
Rating: R
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: A
Time: 1:37:00
Sales rank: 35,530

Special Features

Making-of featurette; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Kline Nick Starkey
Susan Sarandon Christine Starkey
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio Bernadette Flynn
Harvey Keitel Frank Starkey
Danny Aiello Capt. Vincent Alcoa
Rod Steiger Mayor Eamon Flynn
Alan Rickman Ed
Faye Grant Alison Hawkins
Jayne Haynes Alma
Brian Tarantina Cone
Bruce MacVittie Rip
Bill Cobbs Detective Reilly
Greg Walker January Man
Tandy Cronyn Lena
Gerard Parkes Rev. Drew
Errol Slue Chief Sunday
Kenneth Welsh Roger Culver
William Christian Tim
Ann Talman Sarah
Bill Cwikowski Press Representative
Billie Neal Gwen
Malachy McCourt Hob
Paul Geier Detective Muse
Elizabeth Karr Newscaster-Reporter
Jerry Rector Newscaster-Reporter
James Ryan Newscaster-Reporter
Grant Shaud Newscaster-Reporter
Lazaro Perez Ramon
Katherine E. Miller Olympia
Jane Sanders Mia
Colin Mochrie Pat
Warren Davis Bill
Joan Heney Claire
Majda Rogerson Mildred
James Mainprize Harry
J.B. Waters Police Officer
Richard Johnson Newscaster-Reporter
Max Raven Dective Robbins

Technical Credits
Pat O'Connor Director
John David Allan Choreography
Risa Bramon Casting
Gary J. Brink Set Decoration/Design
Christopher Cook Associate Producer
Dan Davies Art Director
Daniel Davis Art Director
Patricia Green Makeup
Marvin Hamlisch Score Composer
Billy Hopkins Casting
Norman Jewison Co-producer
Moe Koffman Score Composer
Carol Lavoie Set Decoration/Design
Lou Lombardo Editor
Michael MacDonald Production Manager
Bernadette Mazur Makeup
Harald Ortenburger Camera Operator
Philip Rosenberg Production Designer
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
John Patrick Shanley Screenwriter
Neil Spisak Costumes/Costume Designer
Ezra Swerdlow Co-producer
Neil Trifunovich Special Effects
Greg Walker Stunts
Jerzy Zielinski Cinematographer
Ed Zigo Consultant/advisor

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The January Man 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
kcdad More than 1 year ago
A thriller from the word ACTION. Many great actors in early roles including Danny Aiello and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. It's a murder mystery... it's a comedy... it's a romance... and it will tease your brain. Harvey Keitel and Rod Steiger! One of my all time favorites.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I stumbled on this movie because I so enjoy Kevin Kline. It is wonderful fun and with enough edge to keep you engrossed. Kevin Kline is, as always, irreverent and sharp but don't miss Alan Rickman's off-beat, low-key role. Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Susan Sarandon are perfect counterpoints to Kline and each other. It's's a lot of fun!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the worst films I have ever seen, January Man really has no focus, no plot progression and no character`development. The film starts by signalling-up relations between key characters - notably the brothers Kline and Keitel and Keitel's wife. However, the telltale signs of a naff film are already there to see as the brothers' first encounter is subsumed in cliche and predictability. The film carries on in this style, until the characters become completely absurd. I am not really sure what Susan Sarandon's role was within the film or what type of character she was playing. No sooner have we met her then we come across Alan Rickman, who surely must have considered an injunction to prevent the film ever been shown in Britain. Finally, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio can be forgiven as she was probably young and still trying to make a name for herself. Shame she is used for a gratuitous tit-shot. Sadly, the film is to predictable and really tries to be too many things and ends up being nothing.