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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Briar Gates
Joey Rosselini
Jessie Gates
John Isabella
Gerald Gates
Lawrence Isabella
Willy Simpson
Del Close ...
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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Release Date:

20 October 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ruf nach Vergeltung  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)


$15,942,628 (USA)

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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 »


In the low-angle shot of Liam Neeson's character leaping from train to train, a camera is visible in the top right of frame, fixed to the roof of the right-hand train and also reflected in the windows of the left-hand train. See more »


Joey Rosselini: Find him, take care of him. I don't care if you have to go through every flophouse in Uptown!
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Referenced in My Blue Heaven (1990) See more »


Written and Performed by Larry Gatlin & Patrick Swayze
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* *1/2 OUT OF FIVE
13 July 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Patrick Swayze stars as Truman Gates a police officer who is torn between justice and loyalty to his brother Briar (Liam Neeson) who is provoking a war with a mobster(Adam Baldwin) who killed their younger brother Gerald (Bill Paxton) in this surprisingly engaging action flick. Patrick Swayze makes for an appealing hero and the actionscenes are tight and spectacular however Next Of Kin doesn't quite meet it's potentional.

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