Gleaming the Cube (1989)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Drama, Mystery  |  13 January 1989 (USA)
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Brian's adopted brother is killed when he discovers that the shop he works in sends weapons to Vietnam instead of medications. To the police it looks like suicide, but Brian knows better so... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Kelly
Al Lucero
Ed Lawndale
Le Tuan ...
Colonel Trac
Min Luong ...
Tina Trac
Vinh Kelly
Mr. Kelly
Mrs. Kelly
Bobby Nguyen
Harvey McGill
Tommy Guerrero ...
Joe Gosha ...
Nick Oliver


Brian's adopted brother is killed when he discovers that the shop he works in sends weapons to Vietnam instead of medications. To the police it looks like suicide, but Brian knows better so he skates off to investigate the murder himself. Written by Lars J. Aas <>

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When getting even means risking it all See more »


Action | Drama | Mystery


PG-13 | See all certifications »




Release Date:

13 January 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Brother's Justice  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)


$2,777,280 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The stunt on the freeway when Brian goes under the truck was performed by Mark 'Gator' Rogowski See more »


Obvious stunt double for Slater during the intense skating scenes in the house under construction. See more »


Tina Trac: How did you get to be so cynical?
Brian Kelly: Practice.
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Crazy Credits

Rodney Mullen can be seen doing flatground tricks toward the beginning of the end credits. See more »


Referenced in The Simpsons: Lemon of Troy (1995) See more »


Written by Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland and Eddie Holland
Vietnamese Translation by Jean-Pierre Nguyen
Performed by Khanh Ha
Produced by Laurence Juber
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A fun stupid film
3 February 2004 | by (Tucson, AZ) – See all my reviews

This is the story of a young confused high school punk who loses his adopted Vietnamese brother to a couple of gun runners. What is he to do? Well he could figure out who these people are and when he's frustrated, he could just skateboard while he's pissed. To lighten things up, he could hit on his dead brothers girlfriend.

There are many famous skaters who lent their abilities to this film. This does rank above the break dancing movies ('Breakin'')and the evil dancing movies ('Footloose' and 'Dirty Dancing') of the eighties, but I don't think it comes close to bike movies ('Rad' and 'The Dirtbike Kid')

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