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Next of Kin (1989)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Thriller  |  20 October 1989 (USA)
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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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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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An Eye For An Eye, A Tooth For A Tooth See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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20 October 1989 (USA)  »

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Ruf nach Vergeltung  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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$15,942,628 (USA)
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No-nonsense Chicago PD detective Truman Gates (Patrick Swayze) is a particularly well-heeled policeman carrying both a nickel plated Beretta 92F 9mm automatic in a shoulder holster and a snub nosed Smith and Wesson model 19 .357 magnum revolver on his right hip. Presumably, the revolver is his backup weapon as he uses the Beretta almost exclusively. See more »

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In the scene in the car where Truman informs Briar he is about to be a father, the Camaro's rear view mirror disappears. See more »

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Truman Gates: I got three counties' worth of kin that expect a certain amount of justice for that death! I'm just trying to save both of us a lot of bloodletting.
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Written and Performed by Larry Gatlin & Patrick Swayze
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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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