The January Man (1989)

R | 97 mins | Drama | 13 January 1989

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HISTORY

A 29 Jan 1988 HR article announced that producer Norman Jewison was not planning to assume his usual role of director due to exhaustion, after making three feature films back-to-back. Jewison worked closely with writer John Patrick Shanley to revise the script and actively participated in the casting process.
       A 15 Jan 1989 NYT article reported that technical advisor Ed Zigo was a former detective in the 10th Homicide Squad. In 1977, Zigo captured “Son of Sam” killer David Berkowitz along with his partner, John Longo, by tracking delinquent parking tickets. Zigo gave the cast and crew a tour of several New York City precincts, including the 60th in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, NY, the 6th in Greenwich Village, and the 5th in Little Italy.
       Conflicting reports in the 21 Jan 1988 and 19 Feb 1988 DV indicated that principal photography was set to begin either 5 or 7 Mar 1988 in New York City. The company planned to shoot exteriors for a month before moving to Jewison's hometown of Toronto, Canada, to film interiors for an additional five to six weeks.
       According to production notes in AMPAS library files, the three-alarm fire sequence required a fourteen-man special effects crew that spent more than two nights prepping a three-story building in downtown Toronto, which stood in for the Bronx, NY. Nearly two dozen “off-duty Toronto firefighters” battled the fire that was set with the help of a 2,000-gallon propane tank and special window frames.
       Referring to ballet choreographer David Allan, end credits state: “Mr. Allan’s services provided with the kind permission of the National Ballet of Canada.” ... More Less

A 29 Jan 1988 HR article announced that producer Norman Jewison was not planning to assume his usual role of director due to exhaustion, after making three feature films back-to-back. Jewison worked closely with writer John Patrick Shanley to revise the script and actively participated in the casting process.
       A 15 Jan 1989 NYT article reported that technical advisor Ed Zigo was a former detective in the 10th Homicide Squad. In 1977, Zigo captured “Son of Sam” killer David Berkowitz along with his partner, John Longo, by tracking delinquent parking tickets. Zigo gave the cast and crew a tour of several New York City precincts, including the 60th in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, NY, the 6th in Greenwich Village, and the 5th in Little Italy.
       Conflicting reports in the 21 Jan 1988 and 19 Feb 1988 DV indicated that principal photography was set to begin either 5 or 7 Mar 1988 in New York City. The company planned to shoot exteriors for a month before moving to Jewison's hometown of Toronto, Canada, to film interiors for an additional five to six weeks.
       According to production notes in AMPAS library files, the three-alarm fire sequence required a fourteen-man special effects crew that spent more than two nights prepping a three-story building in downtown Toronto, which stood in for the Bronx, NY. Nearly two dozen “off-duty Toronto firefighters” battled the fire that was set with the help of a 2,000-gallon propane tank and special window frames.
       Referring to ballet choreographer David Allan, end credits state: “Mr. Allan’s services provided with the kind permission of the National Ballet of Canada.” Additional acknowledgments read: "Daily News reprinted with the permission of New York News, Inc.”; and, “The Producers wish to thank: New York City Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting, New York City Fire Department, Toronto Film Liaison Office, Ontario Film Development Corporation, Metropolitan Toronto Police Department, City of Toronto Fire Department, The Province of Ontario and The Citizens of Toronto, Roger Sherman, Douglas Stone, Jeannine Edmunds, Lynn Lombardo.” More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
21 Jan 1988
p. 1, 50.
Daily Variety
19 Feb 1988.
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Hollywood Reporter
29 Jan 1988.
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Hollywood Reporter
11 Jan 1989
p. 4, 34.
Los Angeles Times
13 Jan 1989
p. 6.
New York Times
13 Jan 1989
p. 8.
New York Times
15 Jan 1989.
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Variety
11 Jan 1989
p. 44, 46.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents
A Norman Jewison Production
A Pat O'Connor Film
in association with Star Partners II, Ltd.
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr, New York crew
1st asst dir, New York crew
2d asst dir, New York crew
2d asst dir, New York crew
Prod mgr, Toronto crew
1st asst dir, Toronto crew
2d asst dir, Toronto crew
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam, New York crew
2d unit cam, New York crew
2d unit cam, New York crew
Still photog, New York crew
Key grip, New York crew
Chief lighting tech, New York crew
Musco light op, New York crew
1st asst cam, Toronto crew
Still photog, Toronto crew
Key grip, Toronto crew
Chief lighting tech, Toronto crew
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Sketch artist, New York crew
Art dept coord, Toronto crew
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Asst ed, New York crew
1st asst ed, Toronto crew
2d asst ed, Toronto crew
SET DECORATORS
Set dec, New York crew
Set dresser, New York crew
Prop master, New York crew
Scenic chargeman, New York crew
Carpenter, New York crew
Set dec, Toronto crew
Set dresser, Toronto crew
Const des coord, Toronto crew
Const supv, Toronto crew
Scenic artist, Toronto crew
"After Manet" sculpture by
"After Manet" sculpture by
COSTUMES
Cost des
Cost des
Asst cost des, New York crew
Costumer, New York crew
Costumer, New York crew
Ward supv, Toronto crew
Ward master, Toronto crew
Ballet seq cost des
Susan Sarandon's fur by
MUSIC
Supv mus ed, Toronto crew
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom op, New York crew
Boom op, Toronto crew
Supv sd ed, Toronto crew
Supv sd ed, Toronto crew
Eff ed, Toronto crew
Foley ed, Toronto crew
Dial ed, Toronto crew
Dial ed, Toronto crew
Re-rec mixer, Toronto crew
Re-rec mixer, Toronto crew
Re-rec mixer, Toronto crew
Dolby stereo consultant
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff coord, Toronto crew
Computer anim and displays by
Computer anim and displays by, Video Image
Computer anim and displays by, Video Image
Computer anim and displays by, Video Image
Computer anim and displays by, Video Image
Main title des
Opticals and titles by
Opticals and titles by
DANCE
Ballet seq choreog, Toronto crew
Ballet dancer
Ballet dancer
MAKEUP
Hairstylist, New York crew
Makeup artist, New York crew
Makeup artist, Toronto crew
Hairstylist, Toronto crew
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Casting
Prod controller
Asst to Mr. O'Connor
Tech adv
Loc mgr, New York crew
Scr supv, New York crew
Prod coord, New York crew
Asst prod coord, New York crew
Loc auditor, New York crew
Asst to the prod, New York crew
Casting assoc, New York crew
Transportation coord, New York crew
Addl casting, Todd Thaler Casting, New York crew
Addl casting, Todd Thaler Casting, New York crew
Exec in charge of prod, Toronto crew
Scr supv, Toronto crew
Loc mgr, Toronto crew
Prod coord, Toronto crew
Asst prod coord, Toronto crew
Loc accountant, Toronto crew
Loc accountant, Toronto crew
Asst to Mr. Jewison, Toronto crew
Asst to Mr. Jewison, Toronto crew
Asst to Mr. Swerdlow, Toronto crew
Casting, Toronto crew
Transportation coord, Toronto crew
Animal wrangler, Toronto crew
STAND INS
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt coord
SOURCES
SONGS
"I Know The Feeling," music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Alan & Marilyn Bergman, produced by Richard Perry, arranged by Steven Lindsey, performed by Juanita
"Bridal Procession From 'Madame Butterfly,'" performed by Renata Scotto and Carol Bergonzi, courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc., special markets division
"Ed's Tune," written by Rod McBrien & Quester Welsh, produced by Rod McBrien
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SONGS
"I Know The Feeling," music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Alan & Marilyn Bergman, produced by Richard Perry, arranged by Steven Lindsey, performed by Juanita
"Bridal Procession From 'Madame Butterfly,'" performed by Renata Scotto and Carol Bergonzi, courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc., special markets division
"Ed's Tune," written by Rod McBrien & Quester Welsh, produced by Rod McBrien
Additional music written by Moe Koffman, performed by The Moe Koffman Quintet.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
13 January 1989
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 13 January 1989
Production Date:
began 5 or 7 March 1988
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Prints
Prints by Deluxe
Duration(in mins):
97
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
29455
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After a night of revelry on New Year’s Eve in New York City, Bernadette Flynn and her friend, Allison Hawkins, share a cab and part ways. Back in her apartment, an intoxicated Allison is attacked and murdered. Bernadette’s father, Mayor Eamon Flynn, is upset that a serial killer is loose, and tells police commissioner Frank Starkey to reinstate his disgraced brother, Nick Starkey, who now works as a fireman. Frank arrives at a three-alarm fire in time to see his brother jump from a burning building, carrying a girl in his arms. Nick does not want to return as a detective but Frank confesses that his job is on the line, and Nick agrees to help. Later, the mayor tells Frank the strategy for the press conference, where he will announce Nick’s return to the police force. Frank is worried about his public image If Nick catches the killer, Frank will look bad for previously firing him, but he will also be held accountable if Nick should fail. Captain Vincent Alcoa interrupts the meeting to protest Nick’s return, but the mayor insists that Nick be given full authority. Later, Flynn learns that Nick has agreed to work on the case on condition that he cook dinner for Frank’s wife, Christine. The two were once married. Christine snoops among Nick’s bookshelves and discovers several photographs Nick saved of their happy married life that have fallen out of a book. While Christine complains about the meal, Nick confesses that he is still angry about their divorce, and his brother Frank's betrayal. When he inquires if she misses him, too, Christine claims she is happy in her new marriage. ... +


After a night of revelry on New Year’s Eve in New York City, Bernadette Flynn and her friend, Allison Hawkins, share a cab and part ways. Back in her apartment, an intoxicated Allison is attacked and murdered. Bernadette’s father, Mayor Eamon Flynn, is upset that a serial killer is loose, and tells police commissioner Frank Starkey to reinstate his disgraced brother, Nick Starkey, who now works as a fireman. Frank arrives at a three-alarm fire in time to see his brother jump from a burning building, carrying a girl in his arms. Nick does not want to return as a detective but Frank confesses that his job is on the line, and Nick agrees to help. Later, the mayor tells Frank the strategy for the press conference, where he will announce Nick’s return to the police force. Frank is worried about his public image If Nick catches the killer, Frank will look bad for previously firing him, but he will also be held accountable if Nick should fail. Captain Vincent Alcoa interrupts the meeting to protest Nick’s return, but the mayor insists that Nick be given full authority. Later, Flynn learns that Nick has agreed to work on the case on condition that he cook dinner for Frank’s wife, Christine. The two were once married. Christine snoops among Nick’s bookshelves and discovers several photographs Nick saved of their happy married life that have fallen out of a book. While Christine complains about the meal, Nick confesses that he is still angry about their divorce, and his brother Frank's betrayal. When he inquires if she misses him, too, Christine claims she is happy in her new marriage. Nick accuses her of marrying Frank for his money, prompting Christine to slap his face and leave. The next day, Nick removes the furniture from his new office. He demands that Capt. Alcoa hire his artist friend, Ed, as his assistant, and requires that he buy an expensive computer. The captain grudgingly complies. After the funeral of heiress Allison Hawkins, Nick follows Bernadette Flynn to an outdoor skating rink in Central Park and seduces her. After making love, they walk to Allison Hawkins’s apartment and look for clues. Bernadette admits she is scared to go home, believing she could also be a target. Nick offers to let her stay at his apartment while he works late at the station. As Ed escorts her away, Nick examines several case files. The next day, he tells Frank that the killer was angry toward women, but Frank is not impressed with Nick’s theory of the motive. Back at Nick’s apartment, Christine appears at the door with a bottle of wine. She is disappointed that Nick is not at home, and gives Bernadette the bottle. At the office, Nick sees a pattern in the dates of the previous murders that is based on prime numbers, and determines the killer will strike again on January 5th. However, Capt. Alcoa refuses to give Nick the resources that he needs to prevent the attack, and another murder takes place. A killer jumps out the window of his victim’s high-rise apartment, and his body is trapped in an awning. Although the mayor and the police commissioner are convinced the dead man is the serial killer, Nick is skeptical, and asks to look at the victim’s apartment. The next day, he declares that the killer is still at large, but Capt. Alcoa closes the case. Nick insists on twelve more hours to solve the mystery, and then promises to transfer back to the fire department. Nick looks at an aerial view of the buildings, where the killer targeted his victims, and realizes the locations resemble the constellation Virgo. If Nick can determine the placement of the missing star, he will know where the killer will strike next. Nick also notices that the floors, where the previous crimes were committed, form a pattern that resembles musical notes of the song “Calendar Girl.” He fills in the last note of the song, which determines the floor where the killer will appear next. With Bernadette and Ed, Nick sets up a stakeout in a utility room diagonally across from the apartment where he suspects the next attack will take place. When the killer picks the lock on the front door, Nick and Ed ambush the female apartment owner, hiding her in the utility room. Nick waves his police badge and explains that Bernadette is going to take her place so they can catch the killer. Bernadette places a protective collar underneath her turtleneck to protect her from strangulation and enters the apartment. When the killer attacks, Nick has difficulty breaking the door with a sledgehammer, but just barely saves her in time. As Nick announces the suspect is under arrest, the assailant dashes past the detective and disappears down the hallway. While Nick wrestles with the killer on a staircase, Bernadette telephones the station for backup. Capt. Alcoa orders his men to the scene. Meanwhile, Christine is at the station and happens to see the building address. She arrives and just as her husband, Frank, and other officers draw their guns. Nick emerges from the building carrying the killer rolled up in a section of carpet. As he deposits the carpet on the ground, it unravels, and the suspect is revealed. Nick collapses, requesting a cup of espresso, and Christine walks over and announces she has left Frank. However, Nick is no longer interested in reconciliation, and she wishes him good luck. With Bernadette by his side, Nick announces his desire to cook her haggis for dinner once he recovers from his injuries. Upon hearing the description of the Scottish dish, she remarks that it sounds unusual but she is willing to give it a try. +

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