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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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All he cared about was Gleaming the Cube... until the night they killed his brother. 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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Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Brian and his friends are flying over Disneyland they briefly sing the chorus to the song "Stukas Over Disneyland" by legendary L.A. punk band The Dickies. See more »

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After the skaters are told that they have to head to the intersection of Harbor and Katella, they go into a residential neighborhood. In actuality, Harbor and Katella are major thoroughfares in Anaheim, and the intersection of Harbor Boulevard and Katella Avenue is within walking distance of Disneyland. In fact, Harbor and Katella were the nearest cross-streets to the Cosmic Age Lodge where Vinh is killed earlier in the film. See more »

Quotes

Bobby Nguyen: Don't give me a jerk-off handjob!
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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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References Gilligan's Island (1964) See more »

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Music by Jay Ferguson
Lyrics by Rob Fitzgerald
Performed by Johnny Rad
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Great 80s film, nothing amazing, but certainly competent in what it does, and not many films like it
24 April 2005 | by DariunasSee all my reviews

One of the first films of its kind that I had seen and is still really entertaining, after I hunted it down on DVD and watched for the first time last night for years. I like the portrayal of the skater guys. It frames their attitude nicely.

Slater's 'I miss you' speech was pretty cringing for me, but apart from that, the film carries itself really well without trying to take itself too seriously, and it comes off better for it.

The Corvette guy was a terrible addition in many ways, but despite being so bad, it was hilarious. One of those scenes where you'd say 'who would do that???' and then... 'who would carry on doing that after this?'... you'll see what I mean...


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