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Next of Kin (1989)

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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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John Irvin

Writer:

Michael Jenning
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Don Herion ... Zimmer
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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

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

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ruf nach Vergeltung See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$15,942,628
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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

When Truman enters his house after getting a terrified call from his wife, he racks the slide back on his semi-automatic pistol to cock the hammer. But in the next view a couple seconds later, the hammer is no longer cocked. See more »

Quotes

Truman Gates: Listen, you'd best wait here. They ain't real quick to strangers.
Jessie Gates: I'm your wife.
Truman Gates: No I ain't talking about you, honey. I'm talking about me.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Earth vs. the Spider (1991) See more »

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Orange Blossom Special
Written by Ervin T. Rouse
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It Is All About Kin and Clan
10 December 2007 | by webmouseSee all my reviews

What makes this action drama particularly moving is the comparison between the extended family of a Sicilian crime boss and the clannishness of the hillbillies. While Joey Rosellini insults the mountain folks as people "who farm rocks" his boss John Isabella sees the link -- "that is what they said about our people back in the old country." It is not a matter of who wears the nicer suit; it is a matter of blood, of kinship, and of ensuring that the one with the greater grievance has justice is done for his family. This is a very old tradition, both in the Sicilian families and in those Celtic clans that moved into the hills of Appalachia. In this aspect "Next of Kin" reaches a level of art not usually found in action films. The scene of the women packing sandwiches for the big hunt shows a level of clan community not well understood by us city-folk.

Watch this film and enjoy.


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