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The Glimmer Man 1996

4.3 out of 5 stars (34) IMDb 5.3/10

Serial killings in Los Angeles forces the LAPD to call for help to a specialist from New York. Detective Jack Cole's known as the Glimmer Man because of his speed. Teamed up with a reluctant local cop, Cole uncovers a conspiracy, but things are not as they seem. Will his skills get him out of the mess?

Starring:
Steven Seagal, Keenen Ivory Wayans
Runtime:
1 hour, 31 minutes

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Genres Thriller, Action & Adventure, Crime
Director John Gray
Starring Steven Seagal, Keenen Ivory Wayans
Supporting actors Bob Gunton, Brian Cox, John M. Jackson, Michelle Johnson, Stephen Tobolowsky, Peter Jason, Ryan Cutrona, Richard Gant, Johnny Strong, Robert Mailhouse, Jesse Stock, Alexa PenaVega, Nikki Cox, Wendy Robie, Harris Laskawy, Dennis Cockrum, Blake Lindsley, John Bluto
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
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This film contains eveything that is good about Steven Seagal - story, pathos, martial arts action and what places him above other so called "martial artists" humour.
There are too many "classic" scenes in the film to record in a brief summary but those that leap to the fore include the scene in the chinese restaurant - Seagal is attacked by several men and ends up practically demolishing the restaurant "I'm sorry we're closed for redecoration - about two months I'd say" and in a different scene, Keenen Ivory Wayans' classic quote "I've just got to suck on some deer...".
The story: a number of bizarre murders have taken place in which the victims have been crucified. Seagal and Wayans are partnered to investigate (both cops). Seagal starts to think that there is more than one killer at work (one using the original murders as an excuse to "cover up" some other killings and ends up shooting the original killer in what his Department considers suspicious circumstances. Wayans starts to suspect Seagal and discovers that his history is incomplete (a bit like Seagal himself).
However, after Wayans is blown (literally) out of his apartment and a joint visit to watch 'Casablanca' they start working together to solve the case which includes the CIA and the Russian Mafia. Why the 'Glimmer Man' - you'll have to buy the film to find out.
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Ive heard this compared to seven a lot by fans and critics. I didnt think it was similar at all! the only similarity is the gruesome murders, the rest of the story is totally different. Anyway I quite like seagal in these serial killer movies, kill swich was almost good too. This is similar to that movie but has a much better director who doesnt try to be clever. I spotted something that may make fans laugh - the final 'window scene' in this movie shows the villan thrown through a window from 5 different angles. In kill switch they have the exact same scene (early in the film) but they show the stunt from at least 10 angles! its very funny and I think the later version may be a homage to this movie. If it is then I take my hat off, bravo. Seagal is in crazy outfit mode in this one and the weird spiritual stuff is so odd that I liked it. It added to the comedy effect. I dont take most seagal films too seriously and enjoyed this one quite a lot. Its a bit different from the usual revenge ones he does and for me it works just fine. Wayans is decent and while its not exactly gibson and glover, it serves the film pretty well. Good fight scenes, some cheesy but funny one liners, annoying villan. Does what you want from seagal.
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I am a real Seagal fan, an unashamed martial arts action hero, and Glimmer Man is a great example of this. It has much martial arts and spectacular action, but is contrast with humour between Seagal and Wayans and others making it a particular favourite of mine. I watch it maybe 3-4 times a year and for the blend of martial arts action and humour I commend this film to you.
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By Inspector Gadget VINE VOICE on 28 Nov. 2010
Format: DVD
I regard this movie as the beginning of the first downward spiral of Seagal's career. After the epic action of Under Siege 2: Dark Territory [Blu-ray] [1995] [US Import] [2008] and Executive Decision [Blu-ray] [1996] [US Import] it was a bad mistake to sign-up for The Glimmer Man. When I went to the cinema to see this film on November 2nd 1996 they didn't even tear my ticket stub. Of the thousands of cinema tickets I've kept it's the only one that hasn't been torn. Not even the employees of the long-gone ABC Cinema could be bothered keeping tabs on the audience. Needless to say that the film wasn't screened for critics and every review in the papers that week was nothing but waffling on presumptions of what a typical Seagal film would be. I am making up for that now with a proper review.

The fundamental flaw in The Glimmer Man is that it's just far too contrived. The 80s 'mis-matched cops' cliché didn't help either. Plus, the film was yet another Seven [Blu-ray] [1995] wannabe, a sub-genre that flooded cinemas post October 1995.

Seagal plays Jack Cole, a weirdo New York cop transferred to Los Angeles for reasons that are never clearly defined. He's teamed-up with wisecracking Detective Jim Campbell (Keenan Ivory Wayans, who did not like Seagal) to catch 'The Family Man'; a serial killer who crucifies families (actually just the parents).
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I have got all of stevens films on video and dvd and you could say that im quite obbsessed. This film is one of his best however in my opinion others rate above it. It is action packed from the beginning to the end with some excellent martial arts from all actors not just steven. The fight at the end is just fantastic it really shows what steven is like. He has no fear because he knows his ability to fight is second to none. The film is just packed with amazing quotes and i do like at the end where he says. "when you wake up in the morning i think your pleased with what you see and that disturbs me, so im going to take it on as my reponsibilty to make sure you never wake up happy again". I love the whole film and could watch it over and over again. Others seagal films to watch are; Under Seige, Under Seige 2, Nico, On Deadly ground, Exit Wounds, Half Past Dead, Executive Decision, Hard to kill, Ticker, Forigner, The Patriot, Marked for Death and Fire down below. Other films of his are about and keep your eyes out for his new stuff.
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