5.6/10
6,116
75 user 18 critic

The January Man (1989)

Trailer
0:31 | Trailer
Two years after being forced out of NYPD, quirky Nick is rehired by the mayor to catch a serial killer after the 11th murder of a woman.

Director:

Pat O'Connor
Reviews

Videos

Photos

Edit

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
Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A woman dealing with inconsolable grief over the death of her partner gets another chance when he returns to earth as a ghost.

Director: Anthony Minghella
Stars: Juliet Stevenson, Alan Rickman, Jenny Howe
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Matthew Barnes is a young exec on the move up who finds himself a pawn in corporate in-fighting when he's sent to London to oversee a merger. He's to replace John Gissing; Gissing's gotten ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Binder
Stars: Mike Binder, Tim Briggs, Allan Corduner
Closet Land (1991)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In a drab police state, a children's book writer is interrogated by a sadistic secret policeman under suspicion of embedding anti-government messages in her stories.

Director: Radha Bharadwaj
Stars: Madeleine Stowe, Alan Rickman
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

During a joint dinner at the restaurant, the neighbors offer to exchange wives for one night. It was a joke, but only at first.

Director: Alan J. Pakula
Stars: Kevin Kline, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Kevin Spacey
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Joey Boca (Kevin Kline) owns a pizza parlor, and is married to Rosalie (Tracey Ullman). He's also a serial womanizer. Rosalie goes to extremes when she finds he has been cheating.

Director: Lawrence Kasdan
Stars: Kevin Kline, Tracey Ullman, William Hurt
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Set right after World War II, a naive teenage girl joins a shabby theatre troupe in Liverpool. During a winter production of Peter Pan, the play quickly turns into a dark metaphor for youth... See full summary »

Director: Mike Newell
Stars: Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman, Georgina Cates
Dust VII (2013)
Short | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An alternative interpretation of a Tooth Fairy legend.

Directors: Ben Ockrent, Jake Russell
Stars: Lola Albert, Alan Rickman, Jodie Whittaker
Close My Eyes (1991)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An estranged brother and sister begin an intense sexual relationship, behind the curtain of their otherwise normal working-class lives.

Director: Stephen Poliakoff
Stars: Alan Rickman, Clive Owen, Saskia Reeves
Grand Canyon (1991)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The fates of several people are intertwining randomly. Their sympathy of each other faces multiple differences in their lifestyles.

Director: Lawrence Kasdan
Stars: Danny Glover, Kevin Kline, Steve Martin
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A Protestant Irish family is caught up in a conflict between Irish Republicans and the British army.

Director: Pat O'Connor
Stars: Iain Glen, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Sean T. McClory
Bob Roberts (1992)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A conservative folk singer turns his hand to politics, running for the US Senate. He is not above dirty tricks and smear campaigns to gain an advantage over his opponent.

Director: Tim Robbins
Stars: Tim Robbins, Giancarlo Esposito, Alan Rickman
Blaze (1989)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A middle-aged Louisiana governor falls in love with a young stripper, which jeopardizes his political career and the radical policies which have made him a controversial figure.

Director: Ron Shelton
Stars: Paul Newman, Lolita Davidovich, Jerry Hardin
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Eleven women. Eleven months. Only one man can stop him. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Roger Ebert referred to this movie as "one of the worst films of all time" in 1990. See more »

Goofs

When Allison was strangled (and later died) in the beginning of the movie, there isn't a bruise marked on her neck from the ribbon that the strangler was using. See more »

Quotes

Nick Starkey: Frank, I got one thing to say to you, and it's hard but I gotta say it. And if you can accept it, a lot of other shit's gonna fall into place. Frank, Mom loved me more than you. That's why I took the fall for you, Frank.
Frank Starkey: I wish you'd just fuckin' die.
See more »

Connections

References Fatal Beauty (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Calendar Girl
(uncredited)
Written by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield
Performed by Kevin Kline and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
See more »

User Reviews

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.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 75 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The January Man See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,716,442, 15 January 1989

Gross USA:

$4,611,062

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,611,062
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed