52 user 18 critic

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.




Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

1 nomination. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Road House (1989)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A tough bouncer is hired to tame a dirty bar.

Director: Rowdy Herrington
Stars: Patrick Swayze, Kelly Lynch, Sam Elliott
Black Dog (1998)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

An ex-con takes a job driving a truck cross country. What he doesn't know is that the truck is filled with illegal weapons and now he must fight to survive and save his family.

Director: Kevin Hooks
Stars: Patrick Swayze, Randy Travis, Meat Loaf
Steel Dawn (1987)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

In a post-apocalyptic world, a warrior wandering through the desert comes upon a group of settlers who are being menaced by a murderous gang that is after the water they control.

Director: Lance Hool
Stars: Patrick Swayze, Lisa Niemi, Anthony Zerbe
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A man is falsely convicted of the murder of his wife. During his time in jail, he finds comfort from four women with whom he corresponds. After his second court appearance, he is finally ... See full summary »

Director: David Carson
Stars: Patrick Swayze, Kim Myers, Gia Carides
Father Hood (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A deadbeat dad kidnaps his kids from the bus. Based on the true life stories and experiences of Michael J. Hardy.

Director: Darrell Roodt
Stars: Patrick Swayze, Halle Berry, Sabrina Lloyd
Tiger Warsaw (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Chuck brought sorrow to his family when he shot his father who is now a semi-invalid. After 15 years of self destruction, he returns home to seek forgiveness

Director: Amin Q. Chaudhri
Stars: Patrick Swayze, Piper Laurie, Lee Richardson
City of Joy (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Hazari Pal lives in a small village in Bihar, India, with his dad, mom, wife, Kamla, daughter, Amrita, and two sons, Shambhu and Manooj. As the Pal are unable to repay the loan they had ... See full summary »

Director: Roland Joffé
Stars: Patrick Swayze, Pauline Collins, Om Puri
Youngblood (1986)
Drama | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A skilled young hockey prospect hoping to attract the attention of professional scouts is pressured to show that he can fight if challenged during his stay in a Canadian minor hockey town. ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Markle
Stars: Rob Lowe, Cynthia Gibb, Patrick Swayze
Red Dawn (1984)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

It is the dawn of World War III. In mid-western America, a group of teenagers bands together to defend their town, and their country, from invading Soviet forces.

Director: John Milius
Stars: Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Ten years after his son went MIA in Vietnam, U.S.Marine retired Colonel Jason Rhodes assembles a private rescue team to find Americans held in POW camps in Laos.

Director: Ted Kotcheff
Stars: Gene Hackman, Patrick Swayze, Robert Stack
Three Wishes (1995)
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In an unexplained act of charity, Jeanne Holman, picks up an injured, apparent tramp and takes him home to care for him little realising who he was or the effect he would have on her life and those of her family.

Director: Martha Coolidge
Stars: Patrick Swayze, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Joseph Mazzello
Next of Kin (1982)
Horror | Thriller | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In a rest home for elderly people, a daughter reads her mother's diary. Soon events that are mentioned in the mother's diary begin to happen to the daughter.

Director: Tony Williams
Stars: Jacki Kerin, John Jarratt, Alex Scott


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


An Eye For An Eye, A Tooth For A Tooth See more »


Action | Crime | Thriller


R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

20 October 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ruf nach Vergeltung  »

Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)


$15,942,628 (USA)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


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 »


When the guy has just been thrown through the glass his right hand is on the railing, but in the next shot his left hand is on the railing. See more »


Briar Gates: I should have waited for you. We could have whooped 'em together.
See more »


References Someone to Watch Over Me (1987) See more »


Hey Backwoods
Written and Performed by Rodney Crowell
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A Terrific,Underrated And Entertaining Action-Thriller
20 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Next Of Kin is a terrific,underrated and entertaining Action-Thriller that is filled with fine direction,a great cast,wonderful Action,an impressive script and a good score and soundtrack. All of those elements make Next Of Kin a solid film worth your time.

Set in Chicago,Illinois,Next Of Kin tells the story of Truman Gates(Patrick Swayze),a Chicago cop from the hills of Kentucky who is investigating the death of his little brother Gerald Gates(Bill Paxton)who was killed by gangsters. Meanwhile,Truman's older brother Briar Gates(Liam Neeson)has come to Chicago to do his own investigation and the gangsters find out you mess with their family you mess with them.

Released in 1989,Next Of Kin is a wonderful and very underrated Action-Thriller that wasn't a hit at the Box Office and was panned by critics but in later years the film seems to have found an audience on cable and home video. And while the film doesn't reinvent the wheel and isn't very groundbreaking or revolutionary,Next Of Kin is a movie that gives viewers great entertainment for 108 minutes. From beginning to end Next Of Kin is a movie that gives viewers a good balance and mixture of Action,thrills and drama with grit and style that never changes throughout the movie and is happening on the mean streets of Chicago with intensity and violence all around. The tone and atmosphere of Next Of Kin can at times be bleak and downbeat but you are never depressed while watching the film because while the tone of the movie is serious the film at times has some humorous moments that are funny and give Next Of Kin a light tone. The storyline moves at a fast pace and keeps you glued to the screen and will keep you wondering what will happen next in most of the scenes. What separates Next Of Kin some of the Action movies of the late 1980s and early 90s is the the depth and themes discussed in the film. The main theme that is repeated throughout the film the theme of family and blood we see families from both sides whether it's with Truman and his relationships with his brothers and family or with Gangster John Isabella(Andreas Katsulas)and his family and no matter what conflicts or problems you still have blood,loyalty and family will always be with you. The characters Truman and Briar Gates we see that the two brothers are estranged because of Truman leaving for Chicago which Briar saw as betrayal but when their brother is killed we see Truman and Briar try to repair their relationship while trying to find out who killed their brother and it's pretty obvious that even though they don't say the two truly love each other and care for one another and the dialog between the two feels real and truly adds to the film. In NOK there is a contrast between the people in the big city in Chicago and the hills of Kentucky showing the Gates family living in houses in the woods and hills that are in the dirt which is opposite of the Isabella family who wear expensive suits and live large houses in the big city of Chicago. One of most interesting things about Next Of Kin is the cast in the film which includes actors who were either already famous or would become famous later on such as Patrick Swayze,Liam Neeson,Helen Hunt,Bill Paxton,Ben Stiller,Adam Baldwin and Ted Levine with all of them giving fine performances. The screenplay by Michael Jenning is impressive and well-written with Jenning's script giving most of the characters power,depth,emotion and Humor that makes the movie works so well. The Action scenes in Next Of Kin are wonderful as well as simple but effective and are in tune with the kind of Action scenes that were done in other Action flicks of the 1980s and early 90s. The ending of Next Of Kin is great because the ending has Action,excitement and once again deals with family and loyalty as well as gunfights and some hunting. A terrific conclusion.

The cast is outstanding. Patrick Swayze is excellent and at his best as Truman Gates,a Chicago cop. Liam Nesson is brilliant and memorable as Briar Gates,Truman's older brother and has great scenes with Swayze. Adam Baldwin is terrific as Joey Rosselini,a hot headed Gangster. Helen Hunt does a fine job as Jesse Gates,Truman's wife. Andres Katsulas is outstanding as John Isabella,a Chicago Mob Boss. Bill Paxton is wonderful as Gerald Gates,Truman and Briar's younger brother. Ben Stiller is great as Lawrence Isabella,John's son. Michael J.Pollard is amusing and fun as Harold,a Motel owner. Ted Levine(Willy Simpson),Del Close(Frank),Valentino Gimo(Rhino),Paul Greco(Leo),Vincent Guastaferro(Paulie),Paul Herman(Detective Tony Antonelli)and Don James(David Jenkins)give good performances as well.

The direction by John Irvin is great,with Irvin always moving the camera and giving the movie a wonderful visual style. Fine direction,Irvin.

The score by Jack Nitzche is fantastic,intense and memorable and fits the tone of the movie. Terrific score,Nitzche. There is also a few cool songs on the soundtrack by Gregg Allman And Lorrie Gates(Brother To Brother),Larry Gatlin & Patrick Swayze(Brothers),Rodney Crowell(Hey Backwoods),B.B King(My Sweet Understanding Lady),The Charlie Daniels Band(My Sweet Babies Gone)and more. A memorable soundtrack.

In final word,if you love Action-Thrillers,I highly suggest you see,Next Of Kin,a terrific,underrated and entertaining Action-Thriller that is worth your time. Highly Recommended. 9.5/10.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: