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The January Man (1989)

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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.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: John Patrick Shanley
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 16, 2002
Runtime:
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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Cast

Kevin Kline
as Nick Starkey
Rod Steiger
as Mayor Eamon Flynn
Susan Sarandon
as Christine Starkey
Harvey Keitel
as Frank Starkey
Mary Elizabeth Mastr...
as Bernadette Flynn
Danny Aiello
as Capt. Vincent Alcoa
Faye Grant
as Alison Hawkins
Ken Walsh
as Roger Culver
Bill Cobbs
as Detective Reilly
Greg Walker
as January Man
Gerard Parkes
as Rev. Drew
Errol Slue
as Chief Sunday
Kenneth Welsh
as Roger Culver
Bill Cwikowski
as Press Representative
Paul Geier
as Det. Muse
Elizabeth Karr
as Newscaster-Reporter
Jerry Rector
as Newscaster-Reporter
Grant Shaud
as Newscaster-Reporter
Joan Heney
as Claire
J.B. Waters
as Police Officer
Richard Johnson
as Newscaster-Reporter
James Ryan
as Newscaster-Reporter
James Ryan
as Newscaster-Reporter
Max Raven
as Dective Robbins
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Critic Reviews for The January Man

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Variety
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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good mystery

May 23, 2004
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Audience Reviews for The January Man

I re-watched this recently, and I just had to lower my rating for it, it's worse than I remembered it. The story is predictable, cliched, and none of the characters are very interesting, especially the main guy played by Kline, who can't act. The rest of the cast is good, but they don't get a good script to work with. I did not like this movie.

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Aj V

Super Reviewer

½

Wretched writing and poorly directed. I can give you six good reasons why this film should have been a hell of a lot better: Kevin Kline, Susan Sarandon, Harvey Keitel, Danny Aiello, Rod Steiger and Alan Rickman.

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Randy Tippy

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Some barely coherent political cover up subplot kept me from getting hooked by this movie. Kline plays the funny central character who marches to the beat of his own drum. He isn't exactly welcomed when he returns to being a detective to catch a serial killer. Aiello plays the captain of police who butts heads with Kline's character. Rickman plays a quirky artist-type friend of Kline's. Mastrantonio wants the mystery solved because she was close to one of the victims, wants out from under the thumb of her father the mayor, and falls way too quickly for Kline's charms. The way the killer is tracked down is offbeat and while the movie has some good moments I found it strange that all these characters were thrown together in something so disjointed.

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Byron Brubaker

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