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Next of Kin (1989)

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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Briar Gates
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Joey Rosselini
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Jessie Gates
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John Isabella
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Gerald Gates
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Lawrence Isabella
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Harold
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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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A man murdered in cold blood. But they didn't count on his brother's revenge! 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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The tune that Truman plays on his wife's violin is "Orange Blossom Special", made famous by Roy Clark. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the movie lines of dialogue are a mismatch for mouth movements. Especially for background characters, or main characters seen from oblique angles. Also, several scenes have acoustics mismatching the environment. For example dialogue in cars where the actors faces aren't visible, or the violin scene on the porch. See more »

Quotes

Truman Gates: I'm just trying to make things easier.
Gerald Gates: Bullshit. You're just as bad as Briar. Just smoother.
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References Laugh-In (1967) See more »

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Serenade
Written by Enrico Toselli
Performed by Mario Lanza
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It Is All About Kin and Clan
10 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What makes this action drama particularly moving is the comparison between the extended family of a Sicilian crime boss and the clannishness of the hillbillies. While Joey Rosellini insults the mountain folks as people "who farm rocks" his boss John Isabella sees the link -- "that is what they said about our people back in the old country." It is not a matter of who wears the nicer suit; it is a matter of blood, of kinship, and of ensuring that the one with the greater grievance has justice is done for his family. This is a very old tradition, both in the Sicilian families and in those Celtic clans that moved into the hills of Appalachia. In this aspect "Next of Kin" reaches a level of art not usually found in action films. The scene of the women packing sandwiches for the big hunt shows a level of clan community not well understood by us city-folk.

Watch this film and enjoy.


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