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


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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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1.85 : 1
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There is an Easter Egg on some DVD releases containing a skateboarding documentary. See more »


When Brian is hiding in the backseat of the car, Nguyen is shot in the back. This causes blood to splatter on the window. However, in the next shot, no blood is visible. See more »


Bobby Nguyen: Don't give me a jerk-off handjob!
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Crazy Credits

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


Spoofed in Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude (2004) 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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Cold War Skate Movie
10 March 2004 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

I love Gleaming the Cube, with the exception of the coyingly senitmental dialogue going on and some of the forced grief by Slater. It's a pretty cool 80s action movie for skaters.

A kid mysteriously winds up dead after he goes poking his nose into questionable problems with shipping orders for the Vietnamese Relief. The cops say all signs point to suicide (or at least they're not conclusive of any other cause of death), but his skater brother is determined to prove that he was murdered. Gleaming the Cube, as Brian's (Slater) friend Yabbo (Perlich) explains, is about finding your place. A soul searching that is bound by no rules and standards, in other words. It's actually a pretty fun, if not different, story involving athletes, nevermind skaters. Although, I'm pretty sick of the super-patriotic themes. Plus, you have a few of the Bones Brigade cast in the main role (actually only Tony Hawk and Tommy Guerrero get lead parts) while the rest of the Bones Brigade took up stunt parts (Cabby and Rodney Mullen, most noteably). Plus, you have a pretty rad soundtrack, and Christian Slater and Max Perlich make believable teenagers, and entertaining ones at that (rather than obnoxious or totally stupid). Skaters saving the day? What could be better?

The music, the story, and the actors, it's a score! It's one of my favorite skating movies and certainly one of my favorite 80s movies.

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