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Next of Kin -- Patrick Swayze stars in this hit action-packed film as a dedicated Chicago cop with roots deeply embedded in the Appalachian backwoods.
Next of Kin -- 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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Writer (WGA):
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20 October 1989 (USA) See more »
A man murdered in cold blood. But they didn't count on his brother's revenge! See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Patrick Swayze ... Truman Gates

Liam Neeson ... Briar Gates

Adam Baldwin ... Joey Rosselini

Helen Hunt ... Jessie Gates

Andreas Katsulas ... John Isabella

Bill Paxton ... Gerald Gates

Ben Stiller ... Lawrence Isabella

Michael J. Pollard ... Harold

Ted Levine ... Willy Simpson

Del Close ... Frank

Valentino Cimo ... Rhino
Paul Greco ... Leo

Vincent Guastaferro ... Paulie

Paul Herman ... Tony Antonelli
Don Herion ... Zimmer
Don James ... David Jenkins
Brett Hadley ... De Witt
Rodney Hatfield ... Hollis

Richard Wharton ... Selkirk
Kelly Blair ... Tolbert
Charles Williams ... Pierce

Michael Wise ... Snakeman
Joseph R. Ryan ... Grandpa
Anndrena Belcher ... Patsy-Ruth
Jean Ritchie ... Charlene
Nancy Jeffrey ... Aunt Peg
Tina Engle ... Rosalie
Kimberly Cole ... Hollis' Wife (as Kim Cole)
Starla Fugate ... Gerald's Girl Friend

Michael Sassone ... Melvin

Neil Giuntoli ... Shorty
Fred Crowther ... Old Hillbilly
Billy Branch ... Preacher
Celene Evans ... Lady Bartender
Michael Dizonno ... Vinny

Tim Quill ... T.V. Reporter
Jack Kandel ... Hillbilly Bartender
Sally Murphy ... Hooker
Mark Roberts ... Furniture Mover
Patrick Balch ... Young Boy (Kentucky)
Relioues Webb ... Young Boy (Chicago)
Arlene Lencioni ... Mrs. Isabella
Lew Way Chin ... Violin Student
Morgan Biscomb Melto ... Violin Student
Elizabeth Ruf ... Woman in Bar
Al Neal ... Man in Bar
Joelle Pasquale ... Daughter #1
Mia Ferro ... Daughter #2
Keela Gootee ... Daughter #3
Pamela Prater ... Selkirk's Wife
Mary Ann Berkhart ... De Witt's Wife
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Minkoff ... Bit (uncredited)

Lisa Niemi ... Violinist (uncredited)
Alison Vesely ... Reception Waitress (uncredited)

Directed by
John Irvin 
Writing credits
Michael Jenning (written by)

Produced by
Les Alexander .... producer
Larry DeWaay .... executive producer (as Larry De Waay)
Don Enright .... producer
Jeb Stuart .... associate producer
Original Music by
Jack Nitzsche 
Cinematography by
Steven Poster 
Film Editing by
Peter Honess 
Casting by
Jane Alderman 
Shelley Andreas 
Mindy Marin 
Production Design by
Jack T. Collis 
Set Decoration by
Jim Duffy 
Costume Design by
Makeup Department
Art Anthony .... makeup artist
Jerry Turnage .... hair stylist
Production Management
Scott Maitland .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tony Adler .... second assistant director
Bruce Moriarty .... first assistant director
Noel Tomlinson .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Dennis DeWaay .... construction coordinator (as Dennis De Waay)
Steve Fegley .... construction foreman: Chicago
David Gianneschi Sr. .... set dresser (as David Gianneschi)
Michael D. Gianneschi .... set dresser (as Michael Gianneschi)
Joe A. Hawthorne .... stand-by painter (as Joe Hawthorne)
Aaron Holden .... property master
Fred Lucky .... production illustrator
Joe Pfaltzgraf .... assistant property master
Lawrence Ross Shepard .... construction foreman: Kentucky (as Larry Shepherd)
Kenneth Turek .... leadperson
John Warnke .... set designer
Robert E. Knight .... signwriter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Rick Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer (as Dick Alexander)
John Benson .... sound effects editor
Susan Dudeck .... adr editor
Les Fresholtz .... sound re-recording mixer
Walter Goss .... sound re-recording mixer
Allen Hartz .... adr editor
Frank Jones .... sound re-recording mixer
Martin Maryska .... supervising sound editor
James Matheny .... dialogue editor (as Jim Matheny)
Vern Poore .... sound re-recording mixer
Bob Ryan .... cable operator
Rex Slinkard .... sound re-recording mixer
Ralph Stuart .... assistant sound editor
Jeff Watts .... foley editor
Glenn Williams .... sound mixer
Jeffrey A. Williams .... boom operator (as Jeff Williams)
Christopher Flick .... foley editor (uncredited)
Elliott Koretz .... sound editor (uncredited)
David Williams .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Joe Lombardi .... special effects coordinator
Paul J. Lombardi .... special effects (as Paul Lombardi)
John D. Milinac .... special effects (as John Milinac)
Larry Reid .... special effects
Tony Brubaker .... stunts (as Anthony Brubaker)
Danny Costa .... stunts (as Dan Costa)
Charles Croughwell .... stunts (as Charlie Croughwell)
Eddie J. Fernandez .... stunts (as Eddie Fernandez)
Gene Hartline .... stunts
Johnny Hock .... stunts (as John Hock)
Norman Howell .... stunts
Bob Kurcz .... stunts
Rick Le Fevour .... stunts
Stacy Logan .... stunts
Bob Minor .... stunts
Mario Roberts .... stunts
Ben Scott .... stunts
Walter Scott .... stunt coordinator
John Sherrod .... stunts
R.L. Tolbert .... stunts
John-Clay Scott .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
William L. Allen Sr. .... best boy grip (as William Allen Sr.)
Jamie Barber .... second assistant camera
Art Bartels .... key grip
Alphonse Blumenthal .... best boy electric
Eugene F. Crededio .... gaffer (as Eugene Crededio)
George Kohut .... camera operator
Peter Kuttner .... first assistant camera
Gregory Lundsgaard .... panaglide operator (as Greg Lundsgaard)
David Morenz .... first assistant camera
James Plannette .... chief lighting technician
John S. Robertson .... dolly grip (as John Robertson)
Dean Williams .... still photographer
Ron Kunecke .... musco light operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Sean Susanin .... casting assistant
Catherine Jane Holzer .... extras casting (uncredited)
Mark A. Ridge .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Armand Coutu .... costume supervisor: Hollywood
Jennifer Jobst .... costume supervisor: Chicago
Cathy Newport-Logan .... costumer
Gina Panno .... costumer
Editorial Department
Rose Kuo .... first assistant film editor
Michael S. Murphy .... stand-by editor
Ed O'Malley .... second assistant film editor
Steve Kraus .... editing systems technician (uncredited)
Music Department
Gary Chang .... composer: additional music
Todd Hayen .... composer: additional music
Michael Hoenig .... score mixer
David Kershenbaum .... music supervisor
Jackie Krost .... music supervisor
Richard Whitfield .... music editor
Transportation Department
Armand Paoletti .... transportation coordinator
Mike Robinson .... special driver
Other crew
Betsy Bottando .... location consultant: Chicago
Dru Anne Carlson .... script supervisor (as Druanne Carlson)
Rosemary East .... assistant: Patrick Swayze
Robert Easton .... dialect coach
Don Herion .... police advisor
Laura M. Kemp .... assistant: Larry De Waay (as Laura Kemp)
Robin Matthews .... assistant: John Irvin
Eileen McCahill .... location consultant: Chicago (as Eileen Mc Cahill)
Al Neal .... location consultant: Kentucky
Margaret J. Orlando .... production secretary (as Margaret Orlando)
Tony Pacheco .... production accountant
Susan Pickett .... production associate
Herman Trent .... location consultant: Kentucky
Edna Tromans .... publicist
Carol Trost .... production office coordinator
Robert Bernacchi .... production assistant (uncredited)
Steve Kraus .... dailies projectionist (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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108 min
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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 »
Miscellaneous: 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 »
Lawrence Isabella:I've heard a lot about you.
Joey Rosselini:Yeah? Good things, I hope.
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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Love Chicago, love Patrick, love this movie!, 11 June 1999
Author: Patricia Fulton from Chicago, Illinois

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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