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Next of Kin (1989)

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Truman, a Chicago cop, sets out to find the killer of his brother. Meanwhile, another of his brothers, Briar (a hillbilly) decides to find the killer himself.

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John Irvin

Writer:

Michael Jenning
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Swayze ... Truman Gates
Liam Neeson ... Briar Gates
Adam Baldwin ... Joey Rosselini
Helen Hunt ... Jessie Gates
Andreas Katsulas ... John Isabella
Bill Paxton ... Gerald Gates
Ben Stiller ... Lawrence Isabella
Michael J. Pollard ... Harold
Ted Levine ... Willy Simpson
Del Close ... Frank
Valentino Cimo ... Rhino
Paul Greco ... Leo
Vincent Guastaferro ... Paulie
Paul Herman ... Tony Antonelli
Don Herion Don Herion ... Zimmer
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Truman, a Chicago cop, sets out to find the killer of his brother. Meanwhile, another of his brothers, Briar (a hillbilly) decides to find the killer himself. Written by Rob Hartill

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A man murdered in cold blood. But they didn't count on his brother's revenge! See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ruf nach Vergeltung See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$15,942,628
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Liam Neeson who played Briar older brother of Truman played by Patrick Swayze in this movie was in real life only 2 months and 11 days older. Neeson's birthdate was June 7, 1952 and Patrick Swayze's was August See more »

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In the low-angle shot of Liam Neeson's character leaping from train to train, a camera is visible in the top right of frame, fixed to the roof of the right-hand train and also reflected in the windows of the left-hand train. See more »

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Truman Gates: They're coming for you, Willy. I know you'll take a couple of them with you for sure, but they'll take you just the same. Or we can take a ride to the station together, just a couple of boys from the hills. You got my word on that. I know you ain't scared to die, Willy. But this ain't no place to leave your ghost.
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Written and Performed by Larry Gatlin & Patrick Swayze
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Cultues Of Vendetta
10 January 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Shot on location in Chicago, Next Of Kin is about a culture clash between two groups that are known for longstanding vendettas. They would be the Sicilian Mafia and the hillbillies of the Appalachians.

Patrick Swayze is one of three brothers of whom the youngest, Bill Paxton, is killed after organized crime takes over a trucking firm he was a driver for. They killed the wrong guy because in addition to being Paxton's brother, Swayze is also a Chicago police detective.

Of course Swayze has to operate within the parameters of the law. That's not the case for the oldest brother Lian Neeson. He comes to Chicago just looking for them that did the deed.

Andreas Katsulas is the Mafia crime family head and he's got an idiot son played by Ben Stiller whom he turns over to enforcer Adam Baldwin to learn the business. Stiller goes right to the top of the criminal food chain with Baldwin when he and Baldwin kill Paxton. But Baldwin is a survivor and he'll do whatever it takes to survive.

The showdown between hillbillies and Mafioso takes place with a cemetery at night serving as the OK Corral. It's quite a battle and justice is served if not the law.

Next Of Kin is your routine action film, but it does have one thing going for it that I have to praise. The hillbillies are real people here, they're not the Clampetts of Beverly Hills nor the mouth breathers from Deliverance. I'm glad that the producers avoided stereotyping them which would have been easy. Swayze is a good action hero and his leading lady is Helen Hunt who as Mrs. Swayze in the film is not given all that much to do.

Fans of the late Patrick Swayze will be very happy with Next Of Kin.


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