A young avid skateboarder uncovers a government conspiracy while investigating his adoptive brother's mysterious death.

Director:

Graeme Clifford

Writer:

Michael Tolkin

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Slater ... Brian Kelly
Steven Bauer ... Al Lucero
Richard Herd ... Ed Lawndale
Le Tuan Le Tuan ... Colonel Trac
Min Luong Min Luong ... Tina Trac
Art Chudabala ... Vinh Kelly
Ed Lauter ... Mr. Kelly
Micole Mercurio ... Mrs. Kelly
Peter Kwong ... Bobby Nguyen
Charles Cyphers ... Harvey McGill
Max Perlich ... Yabbo
Tony Hawk ... Buddy
Tommy Guerrero Tommy Guerrero ... Sam
Christian Jacobs ... Gremic
Joe Gosha Joe Gosha ... Nick Oliver
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Storyline

Brian's adopted brother is killed when he discovers that the shop he works in sends weapons to Vietnam instead of medications. To the police it looks like suicide, but Brian knows better so he skates off to investigate the murder himself. Written by Lars J. Aas <larsa@colargol.edb.tih.no>

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They've smashed Brian's life. Now he's going to shatter theirs! See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

During the famous confrontation scene on the hill where a group of skaters attempt to disrupt a fleeing Lawndale, Tony Hawk was doing double time as the driver of the Pizza Hut truck and one of the skaters. During the scene, however, he ended up injuring himself after being forced to make a b-line between Tommy Guerrero and Natas Kaupas on a steep hill and thus taking a bad fall in the process. According to Hawk, the ensuing scar on his right inside arm is still visible to this day. See more »

Goofs

Obvious stunt double for Slater during the intense skating scenes in the house under construction. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Kelly: [after picking up Brian at the police station] Brian, the skateboard stays in the garage.
Brian Kelly: Heh! What you worried about? It's not gonna shit on the rug!
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Crazy Credits

Rodney Mullen can be seen doing flatground tricks toward the beginning of the end credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

Initial UK releases were cut for language and bloody imagery to achieve a PG rating from the BBFC:
  • [Reel 2] During scene in orchard, after Vietnamese character has pulled out gun, remove dialogue "don't give me a jerk-off hand job" before he loses his gun and is killed (13 mins).
  • [Reel 3] During scene between man in maroon jersey and boy in blue, after latter has swept objects off table, remove his response "Fuck, no" as he faces away from camera (6 mins).
  • [Reel 6] After boy on skateboard has crashed through window and Vietnamese man has been shot, reduce sight of his lying on ground bleeding and being held by wife (4 mins).
The cuts were waived in 2000, with an upgrade to a 12 rating. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Celebrity Mastermind: 2007/2008: Episode 3 (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Never Can Say Goodbye
Written by Clifton Davis
Vietnamese Translation by Jean-Pierre Nguyen
Performed by Khanh Ha
Produced and Arranged by Laurence Juber
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A Classic!
24 January 2004 | by ChaficSee all my reviews

Alright, the movie ain't ALL THAT, but it brings back warm memories. The whole style of the movie was real cool back when I was 10, and the feelings kind of stuck.

The story line is stupid but the skater-guys are cool. A lot of the acting is poor, but a GOOD MOVIE. You have to look past all the bad stuff and just try to sink into the whole 'nice family' good brother avenging the death of his step-brother theme. THEN you will enjoy it. :-)

Regards, Chafie


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Brother's Justice See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$740,780, 15 January 1989

Gross USA:

$2,777,280

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,777,280
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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