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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: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: April 16, 2002
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005V9I0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,208 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The January Man" on IMDb

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OscarÂ(r) winners* Kevin Kline and Susan Sarandon team with Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Danny Aiello, Rod Steiger and Alan Rickman for this intense thriller about a serial killer on the loose in Manhattan. Directed by Pat O'Connor (Sweet November, Inventing the Abbotts) and written by Academy AwardÂ(r) winner** John Patrick Shanley (Moonstruck), The January Man is an edge-of-your-seat suspense ride that'll prey on your thoughts as well as your fears. Ex-cop Nick Starkey (Kline) is the only man in New York brilliant enough to find a viciousserial killer. But returning to his job is as complicated an undertaking as nabbing the culprit. Forced to work alongside the brother (Keitel) who fired him, Nick also has to come to terms with the ex-girlfriend (Sarandon) who married his brother, and the mayor's young daughter (Mastrantonio) who'sfallen in love with him. But with time running out and everyone counting on him, Nick sets aside his personal turmoil to root out the killer until that, too, involves a personal stake he'll never be able to accept losing. *Kline: Supporting Actor, A Fish Called Wanda (1988); Sarandon: Actress, Dead Man Walking (1995) **1987: Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen

Customer Reviews

The cinematography is neat, the dialog entertainingly scattershot and the movie flows with a very good pace.
Shashank Tripathi
So many great performances in this movie; Kevin Kline shows some of his expansive range in the protagonist role; Keitel, Steiger, Sarandon, Aiello, are all fabulous.
SoCalCynic
I just watched this film and at the conclusion I just sat there with my mouth open not believeing how bad the film was.
R. Moreno

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Shashank Tripathi on October 4, 2003
Format: DVD
This movie is not a typical "mystery thriller," at least not in the usual sense of the genre. The characters unravel intriguingly but very fluidly, and it is easy to relate to almost all of them (I bet we can all think of parallels in our own lives.)
Theme-wise it is ostensibly presented as a suspense movie where an ex-cop (Kevin Kline) is re-instated into a homicide detective role to solve a brutal murder spree by a NY psychopath. There is an interesting subplot of unrequited romance between Kline's character and his brother's (who is commissioner of police) wife. Kline's artist friend, his new girl friend (the Mayor's daughter), and in fact the Mayor himself -- are all amusing characters. But Kline is clearly the pivot of the movie, he turned what many might consider a very below standard screenplay and turned it into a very keepable film.
The cinematography is neat, the dialog entertainingly scattershot and the movie flows with a very good pace. Most people who revile this under-rated but actually very watchable movie do so because it doesn't fit any Hollywoodesqe molds. It is not a suspense movie alone (clearly, to me, it didn't make any overt attempts to be) -- it is also a very adult and somewhat intellectual but credible study of multiple intertwined characters.
The ending surprised me a bit, but I don't think it was chinsy or overdone. It was probably supposed to try and imitate real life and I'd say it did so.
And with that kind of a price tag, this is definitely a steal. Recommended!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Merilahti Kristiina on August 28, 2003
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I ordered this, because I don't remember seeing it in Finland and because of the great actors. I mean: Kevin Kline, Harvey Keitel AND Alan Rickman! What more could a grown woman want?
The movie uses clichés with a twist: a heroic but difficult cop (Kline) who has been unjustly sacked and is now a fireman, but - being a genius in his work - gets called back to solve mysterious killings. Of course, the police department is against the idea. But there is no choice and he starts to work in his own terms, for instance bringing along an assistant, a moody artist (Rickman in a part where he speaks very little, which is always a shame). Brother (Keitel) isn't too thrilled either, because they still love the same woman (Sarandon). Mayor's daughter (Mastrantonio) gets sucked in, because her friend is murdered.
The movie has all the elements of comedy, humour, suspense and good actors and actresses - and still it misses something. Kline is fine as always and even in this small part Rickman makes an impression and it's hard to point out any flaws - but still it doesn't work as well as it could have.
Anyway, the movie is entertaining, not bad at all. Harmless fun with a couple of original jokes. Kline's cooking is very odd and Rickman's use of models even more personal.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Cubist on April 1, 2003
Format: DVD
This movie got savaged (and continues to be) when it first came out. I think that with all the talent involved, people were expecting something a lot more... mainstream. This is one of those oddball detective/crime thrillers a la The Long Goodbye or Trixie that just doesn't fit in anywhere. It blends genres together and this bugged a lot of people who just wanted a by-the-numbers story.
Everyone in the cast is fantastic but the real standout, for me, is Alan Rickman cast totally against type as the slightly effeminate artiste (and computer genius), Ed. Rickman gets most of the best lines and steals every scene he's in. He and Kline play well off each other and it's a shame this film tanked because I'd have loved to see more adventures with these two.
The DVD is a real disappointment. No extras. Nothing! Just dumped unceremoniously on DVD. Oh well. At least it's letterboxed!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. D'Eugenio on May 27, 2002
Format: DVD
I became reacquainted with "January Man" recently and forgot what a good film it is. With Oscar winners, Kevin Kline, Susan Sarandon and an excellent supporting cast including Rod Steiger, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Danny Aiello and Harvey Keitel and a great script, director Pat Connor had an easy task of producing a great film. With a touch of comic relief between the suspense and the strong rivalry between brothers (Kline and Keitel), Keitel is forced by the Mayor (Steiger) to rehired his brother (Kline) as the lead investigator to find and stop a serial killer. Time is running out and the suspense builds. Like the Bone Collector, the January Man will challenge the viewer until the end. You'll find the January Man more challenging to solve than most mysteries, but keep in mind the clues are in front of you, including its title. If you enjoy a good mystery, January Man is worth the time. Rated R for a sex scene, brief nudity and violence.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
This is an under-rated murder mystery with interesting, quirky characters and a very inventive solution. Kevin Kline and Alan Rickman turn in excellent performances, especially Rickman doing a dropout misfit computer expert turned artist. As a mystery buff, I found the story and most of the characters intriguing, but I also found the language aggravating. Every single character except Rickman's uses foul language constantly, and after a while this actually gets in the way of the story. It's like someone thought it would make the whole thing more realistic and less of a comedy, but it misfired. Still, it's well worth seeing; a witty, original character-driven mystery-comedy.
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