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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Briar Gates
Joey Rosselini
Jessie Gates
John Isabella
Gerald Gates
Lawrence Isabella
Willy Simpson
Paul Greco ...
Tony Antonelli
Don Herion ...


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 »


Action | Crime | Thriller


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Release Date:

20 October 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ruf nach Vergeltung  »

Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)


$15,942,628 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Composer Gary Chang was brought in to provide additional music to the film to help "beef-up" the action elements. See more »


During the shootout in the mob's office, Brier fires a shotgun at the first mobster who enters, knocking the man back and killing him. Yet there are no pellet holes in his clothing and no blood anywhere to show the hit. See more »


Briar Gates: This land's mine!... I can go out and take a piss on it in the middle on the night if I want to!
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Worst Films of 1989 (1990) See more »


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Love Chicago, love Patrick, love this movie!
11 June 1999 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

I have lived in Chicago all my long life, and I really appreciated the authenticity of the location scenes. The area around Wilson and Broadway is exactly where the "hillbillies" (forgive the term), especially the single men, generally migrate. The characters in the flophouse and bars must have been taken right from the street. The "project" was recognizably Cabrini-Green, and Truman and Jesse's restored three-story house could almost be pinpointed to Lincoln Park (except that the "bad guys", and Truman, would never have found such open parking - they'd still be circling the block).

The cemetery where the final showdown occurred is Graceland on Clark Street, as everyone who has toured or visited this landmark would know. It was an agony to watch these historic monuments being blown to bits - I had to keep chanting "it's only a movie, it's only a movie".

But the readiness of the Kentucky family to jump into the fray was very real. That wonderful scene of the pickup truck on its northbound trek up Lake Shore Drive has its counterpart in everyday life, so I've been told.

Liam Neeson is a revelation. It's hard to believe that the same actor who plays to perfection this tight lipped, lean and mean mountain man, will later be nominated for an Oscar for his heart-rending portrayal of a sophisticated German industrialist.

Truman Gates may be my favorite Patrick Swayze character. There's plenty of blood-and-guts action, but it's easy to believe that a concert violinist would fall madly in love with this exciting, unusual cop. Helen Hunt, as his wife, and Michael J. Pollard as a benighted flophouse manager, are excellent in their roles.

See this movie for a good story, authentic characterizations, and non-stop interest.

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