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Gleaming the Cube (1989)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Mystery | 13 January 1989 (USA)
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A young avid skateboarder uncovers a government conspiracy while investigating his adoptive brother's mysterious death.

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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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When getting even means risking it all See more »

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Action | Drama | Mystery

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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)

Gross USA:

$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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Trivia

The Colonel wears a Los Angeles Rams jacket and hat. The Rams moved from Los Angeles to St. Louis in 1994, only to move back to Los Angeles in 2016. See more »

Goofs

During the downhill chase scene with the motorcycles, Brian ollies onto the top of the cop car knocking off the lights. In the next shot, the cops look up to the roof of their car and you can still the bottom of the lights, still intact. 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 »

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GLEAMING THE CUBE
Written by Robbin Thompson, Carlos Chafin and Eric Heiberg
Performed by James House
Produced by Michael James Jackson
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Thriller, tension and intrigue in this skateboarding movie
17 April 2008 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This movie deals about a skateboarding adolescent(Christian Slater) investigates his fostered brother's killing. His parents(Ed Lauter, Mercurio) are profoundly grieved. His brother from Vietnam origin is killed by an organization led by a nasty(Richard Herd) but he aware that the store he worked sends arms to Vietnam instead of medicament. Meanwhile a tough police inspector(Steven Bauer) track down the killers. The down-and-out teen has a skateboarding team(Max Perlich) and and he suddenly become involved in several risks, helped by the group skateboarding Trashers.

The film displays action, suspense, thrills and, of course, spectacular skateboarding. The stunts demonstrate their perfect craft in the empty swimming pools of unsuspecting urban homeowners, pioneering a stirring new sport. The picture impresses with its stunts footage with thrilling bounds and leaps. Noisy musical score made with synthesizer by Jay Ferguson. The motion picture is professionally directed by Graeme Clifford. He's a good director with his greatest success : ¨Frances¨ and Ruby Cairo, today directs for television only: Last Don I, II, among others. Another films about Skateboarding sub-genre are ¨Skateboard: The movie(78), Skateboard kid I(93) and II(95) and Skateboard madness¨, though the classic movie is ¨Lords of Dogtown¨ directed with Catherine Hardwicke and with Emile Hirsch and Heath Ledger. For those with teen interest and skateboarding buffs.


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