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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All he cared about was Gleaming the Cube...until the night they killed his brother. 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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Did You Know?


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


During the intense skate scene on the building site, Slater's skateboard miraculously changes from a regular skateboard to a freestyle board, which is less wide and differently shaped than the board he rides throughout the film. See more »


[Brian comes to school with a new, clean-cut look]
Yabbo: Brian, Halloween's not 'til October.
Brian Kelly: So?
Yabbo: So? Where's your board?
Brian Kelly: I felt like walking today!
Yabbo: Why are you wearing those clothes?
Gremic: Oh, I know, his clothes are in the cleaners.
Buddy: I bet his mom put him up to it.
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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 Greening the Cube: 100-Mile Housing (2009) See more »


Written by Robbin Thompson, Carlos Chafin and Eric Heiberg
Performed by James House
Produced by Michael James Jackson
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A Classic!
24 January 2004 | by (Halifax, Nova Scotia) – See all my reviews

Alright, the movie ain't ALL THAT, but it brings back warm memories. The whole style of the movie was real cool back when I was 10, and the feelings kind of stuck.

The story line is stupid but the skater-guys are cool. A lot of the acting is poor, but a GOOD MOVIE. You have to look past all the bad stuff and just try to sink into the whole 'nice family' good brother avenging the death of his step-brother theme. THEN you will enjoy it. :-)

Regards, Chafie

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