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The January Man [DVD] [1989]


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  • Actors: Kevin Kline, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Susan Sarandon, Harvey Keitel, Danny Aiello
  • Directors: Pat O'Connor
  • Writers: John Patrick Shanley
  • Producers: Christopher Cook, Ezra Swerdlow, Norman Jewison
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Dutch, Hungarian, Greek
  • Dubbed: French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Aug 2002
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000069JFX
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,332 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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With New York prey to a serial killer who selects a different victim for each month of the year, Mayor Flynn (Rod Steiger) orders Police Commissioner Frank Starkey to call in the one man who can catch him: Frank's estranged brother and ex-cop Nick (Kevin Kline). Nick's unorthodox approach soon gets people's backs up - especially when he trails his ex-girlfriend (now Frank's wife) Christine (Susan Sarandon) and Flynn's daughter Bernadette (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio)!

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The January Man is an odd comedy-thriller about the hunt for a serial killer that could just be a case of too many stars spoil the movie. The screenplay is by John Patrick Shanley, who won an Oscar for Moonstruck. The plot goes like this: a serial killer is terrorising Manhattan, targeting one woman a month, much to the horror of the mayor (a rabid Rod Steiger, more foam than substance) and the police commissioner Frank Starkey (Harvey Keitel). There's only one man to save their bacon: enter Nick Starkey (Kevin Kline), brother of Frank, who had been a cop but was kicked out of the force for his unorthodox ways. Being a heroic kind of guy, his next career move was as a firefighter and we first see him leaping out of a burning building, carrying a child under his arm. Kline agrees to go back on one condition: that he cooks dinner for his brother's wife (the fantastically haughty Susan Sarandon), a former girlfriend for whom he still holds a candle. The pace hots up, Nick finds himself a new girlfriend, the mayor's daughter Bernadette (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), whose main claim to fame is that her best friend was murdered by the serial killer. Oh, and of course he gets the guy, in the nick of time (literally).

Confused? You won't be. The plot is an improbable potion of coincidences and divine inspiration but it's not complicated. Kline overcomes the shortcomings of the script with a charmer of a performance, but the real star is the funny, sly Alan Rickman. The January Man is worth seeing for some very fine individual turns (Sarandon is terrific), but in all honesty, it doesn't add up to a great movie, mainly because it can't quite decide what it wants to be, genre-wise, settling on an uneasy compromise of comedy and thriller.

On the DVD: The January Man disc has absolutely no-frills. Picture and sound are perfectly adequate without being anything to write home about. And if you're looking for extra goodies, you'll be disappointed: there's the original theatrical trailer and a wide array of subtitle languages, but that's it. --Harriet Smith

Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Nicola L. on 30 July 2002
Format: DVD
The January Man is a witty little detective movie with a touch of genius. Unlike most thrillers where the focus is on the murderer , this movie pays more attention to the relationships between the main characters and how they catch the killer. In fact who the murderer is and why he kills is not important the fun in this film is watching how Kline , Mastrantonio and Rickman unravel the clues and work out when and where the next murder will be .

Kline plays an ex-detective who worked with his brother in the N.Y. police department. Having left the force after an affair with his brothers wife he is now a heroic fire fighter called back to solve a case that no one else can in the hope that he can catch the killer before he kills again.
The parallel story that works it's way through the film explains the tension between Kline , his brother ( played by Harvey Keitel )and his sister-in-law played by Susan Sarandon , with everything neatly interwoven with the murder investigation and a little romance on the side. Kevin Kline is brilliant as the modern day Sherlock Holmes with a wonderful tongue-in-cheek humour that keeps the film ticking nicely.
All in all this film is easy going fun. Don't expect any huge fight scenes or special effects , although the fight at the end is worth watching, but sit back and enjoy a great cast at work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jay on 23 Dec 2007
Format: DVD
Good movie, even if it is a bit campy now. A great cast turn great performances with subtle comedy. Worth it just to see Alan Rickman as the brooding artist living next door. A comedy in the same spirit of "Rushmore". Ahead of its time and fantastic when you are in the right mood.

Kevin Klein walks a great line in this type of movie between a serious characterization and moments of comic hilarity. Susan Sarandon and Kevin Klein have wonderful on screen chemistry, and the rest of the supporting cast all are given opportunities to show off their skills through a well crafted script. It's well worth seeing.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kona TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Jun 2010
Format: DVD
Two years ago, a scandal forced Nick Starkey (Kevin Kline) off the NYPD, but now the mayor wants him back to find a serial killer.

This is a terrible movie with a ridiculous script. It's a serious drama until the last ten minutes when it becomes low comedy complete with pratfalls and jokes. Kline phones in his performance; he's never convincing as the returning cop who's expected to solve a case that the entire police force couldn't crack in a year. Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio plays his supposed love interest but she's annoying and there's absolutely no chemistry between them. (On the plus side, she did marry the director.) Susan Sarandon bombs as a seductress and Alan Rickman looks like Maynard G. Krebs while Rod Steiger and Danny Aiello ham it up so much it's embarrassing. Harvey Keitel just wanders around looking lost the whole time. What a colossal waste of talent.

There is no suspense or romantic tension and certainly no hint of real police work, just a lot of good actors looking foolish in a bad movie. What a disappointment.
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One expects that with a cast like Kevin Cline, Rod Steiger, Alan Rickman, Susan Sarandon etc, a reasonable movie could be expected. Unfortunately in this case it is totally unfounded and why anyone of them bothered to make it, i do not understand as while it started off in an interesting manner, it degenersted quickly into a total mess.

The film is about the catching of a serial killer by an unorthodox detective but the story is not centred on the serial Killer but the various relationships of the people involved in the search for the killer. You cannot make a film that starts out seriously and then reduce it to a farce, with poorly directed final scenes and a plot not worth the bother of writing.

I have given it 2 stars, mainly because of the acting of Rod Steiger, who shone in an otherwise abysmal display of non acting. My wife could not understand why i bothered to see it through to the end and nor do i except that i thought that with this cast there must be something in it, sadly there was not.
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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, 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....

I'm still unsure of this movie, I've given it a seven because the last 30 minutes of the film really come into their own, and make up for the bizarreness of the preceding hour.

The first hour though really doesn't know what it wants to be. A murder, family drama, random eroticism, serial killer movie, comedy, thriller. It's all here and all flawed.

Aiello has never been so typecast in a film, whenever he's on screen, he's just angry. Keitel just seem bemused by the whole thing and spends the majority of it staring at Sarandon, who I turn spends the majority of the film staring at Kline and stalking him.

The rest of the cast are thankfully brilliant. Kline is as good as always, and is ably supported by Mastrantonnio, and another brilliant turn by Rickman.

The film comes into its own when the Red Herring gets thrown in. The comedy and thriller aspect of the film meld into one and work, and it turns into a half decent movie.

Bizarre to say the very least, but interesting.
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