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The January Man (1989)

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Nick and Frank Starkey were both policemen. A scandal forced Nick to leave the force, now a serial killer has driven the police to take him back. A web that includes Frank's wife, bribery, ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Kline ... Nick Starkey
Susan Sarandon ... Christine Starkey
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio ... Bernadette Flynn
Harvey Keitel ... Frank Starkey
Danny Aiello ... Vincent Alcoa
Rod Steiger ... Eamon Flynn
Alan Rickman ... Ed
Faye Grant ... Alison Hawkins
Kenneth Welsh ... Roger Culver (as Ken Welsh)
Jayne Haynes Jayne Haynes ... Alma
Brian Tarantina ... Cone
Bruce MacVittie ... Rip
Bill Cobbs ... Detective Reilly
Greg Walker Greg Walker ... January Man
Tandy Cronyn ... Lana
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Storyline

Nick and Frank Starkey were both policemen. A scandal forced Nick to leave the force, now a serial killer has driven the police to take him back. A web that includes Frank's wife, bribery, and corruption all are in the background as Nick tries to uncover the secret of where the killer will strike next, and finally must lay a trap without the police. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Calendrier meurtrier See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,716,442, 15 January 1989

Gross USA:

$4,611,062

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,611,062
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Kevin Kline, Rod Steiger, and Susan Sarandon; and three Oscar nominees: Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Harvey Keitel, and Danny Aiello. See more »

Goofs

When we first see the January victim enter her apartment, she is walking down a hallway with a bare floor. In the next scene where we see her, there is a rug on the hallway floor. See more »

Quotes

Nick Starkey: It's a beautiful day. I'm going to put on my best dress and go to a funeral.
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Bridal Procession
from "Madame Butterfly"
Written by Giacomo Puccini
Performed by Renata Scotto and Carlo Bergonzi
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A really odd movie
15 June 2014 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

"The January Man" bombed both with critics and the box office when it was released to theaters. It doesn't take long watching it to figure out why. The script, for starters, is a real mess. It takes deadly serious elements and mixes them with broadly comedic elements. It might have been possible to balance them properly when it came to filming them, but the cast doesn't seem capable of doing so. Except maybe for Alan Rickman, the cast gives really awful performances (especially Rod Steiger), not helped by a number of instances of some really terrible dialogue. You can sense director Pat O'Connor's lack of assurance with this project, not just that he couldn't steer the cast properly, but with a screenplay that has a number of elements that feel half baked or unfinished. (Actually, there are signs that the original cut of the movie was more coherent, but got edited down to a shorter running time before being released.)

However, I have to admit that the movie remains weirdly watchable. It's so odd in its changing tone, next to incoherent at times with its story, and packed with really bad performances by a normally talented cast, that you can't help but keep watching in order to see what next miscalculation will be displayed on the screen. It certainly doesn't make the big mistake of being boring. If you have an interest in major studio movies that go wrong in just about every way you can think of, this does deliver.


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