The Glimmer Man

Synopsis: Jack Cole is a soft spoken, mystical, new age New York cop with a checkered past. He is transferred to Los Angeles to help Los Angeles cop Jim Campbell solve a series of brutal murders in which the victims are crucified. The murders that have happened since Jack arrived in Los Angeles just don't sit right with him. When the killer, known as the "Family Man", kills Ellen DunLeavy, who happens to be Jack's ex wife and the mother of his two kids, and Ellen's husband Andrew DunLeavy, it becomes personal - especially when Jack's prints are found on Ellen's body. Jack meets with his military mentor Smith, not knowing that Smith is in cahoots with local crime boss Frank Deverell.
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Director(s): John Gray
Production: Warner Home Video
Rotten Tomatoes:
91 min

- Hey, what's up?

- Hey, it's Chicken-Noodle Campbell.

Shouldn't you be sittin' in a high chair?

Coroner's report.

Why don't you just try crack?

You call that humor?

The Captain says no more 976 calls.

Mr. Love Beads, you'll have to seek

higher enlightenment somewhere else.

I'm Lieutenant Cole.

Been assigned to the case.

They asked me to come

and look at the file.

Didn't mean to be discourteous.

Nice to meet you.

I heard about you.

I wasn't expecting you so soon.

You worked in New York, right?

DeMarco killings?

This ain't New York

and this ain't the DeMarco killings.

We work as a team around here.

You know, the way I work is

I just like to solve the case.

I don't even care who gets the credit.

Beautiful. That's that.

We call this guy, "The Family Man. "

He's killed six families

in the last eight months.

All ritual killings.

Have you found any connection

between the victims at all?

Other than the fact

that they're all Catholic...

...which ties into the crucifixion ritual, no.

They just found two more.

Fresh kill. Today's your lucky day.

Let's go.

This ain't the same, Jim.

Yeah, this is the first one in a motel.

All the rest have taken place

in their houses.

Normally, we can ID the couple, but...

...other than that,

it's pretty much the same MO.

No, there's a lot more than that goin' on.

I mean, this is different.

Are you married or what?

This is what I hate about new partners.

They always want to get personal.

I don't want to talk about it, all right?

Forget that I ever mentioned

anything at all.

Are you married, or what?

No, I'm not married.

Every cop I know who's married,

has a wife who won't sleep with him...

...two kids who don't listen to him...

...and a dog that'd rather lick himself

than fetch the paper.

All units respond to a barricaded suspect

with hostages... the Saint Edmund's School.

- Possible suicide.

- Yeah, we're in that area.

- Hey, what are you doin'?

- It's right over here.

No, man. That's suicide. We're Homicide.

If some dumb ass wants to jump

off a buildin', that's his problem.

Somebody pushes his ass off a buildin',

then call me.

The way I look at it, death is death.

We gotta have compassion for the dead,

the dying...

...the could-be-dying

and the about-to-be-dead.

I'm going. I'm going.

Faster, come on. Quickly, quickly.

Detective Cole. Detective Campbell.

What have we got?

A boy named Johnny Deverell.

He's a senior.

He's got a gun and a class full of kids.

That's nice.

- What does he want?

- I don't know.

His girlfriend broke up with him.

He's got her up there too.

Has he been in trouble before?

He was arrested for drugs.

They had him seeing a therapist.

Yeah, must have been the wrong therapist.

Keep everybody quiet.

Keep everybody back.

Man, you know this ain't our gig.

Look, it's a love-sick kid.

A well-armed, love-sick kid.

Why do you think they got SWAT?

'Cause they look good in black.

See if you can get me a couple

of cell phones right away.

Johnny, please stop it.

They're gonna hurt you.

Shut your mouth, Millie!

I'm not in the mood for this!

Put the gun down, Johnny.

- Just put it down!

- Shut up!

Johnny, stop it! Please, Johnny!

This is Detective Cole, LAPD.

I'm not here to hurt you.

I'm here to help you.

I gotta get into a dialogue with you...

...before the guys in black get here,

'cause they don't listen to anybody.

I don't want you to get hurt.

I want you to step over to the window

and look at me.

You'll see that I'm unarmed.

Nobody move!

Come on over. Step over to the window

and look at me.

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Kevin Brodbin

Kevin Brodbin is an Irish screenwriter. His credits include writing the screenplay and story for The Glimmer Man (1996) and Mindhunters (2004). He is also the co-author of Constantine (2005), the film adaptation of the DC Comics comic book Hellblazer. In addition, Brodbin worked on the screenplays for The X Men and its sequels, as well as the film version of The A-Team. More recent projects include James Cameron's remake of the sci-fi classic Fantastic Voyage. He scripted and produced the 2016 film The Siege of Jadotville, which was released by Netflix Original Films. more…

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