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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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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

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Truman Gates: I'm just trying to make things easier.
Gerald Gates: Bullshit. You're just as bad as Briar. Just smoother.
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Referenced in I Didn't Do It: Next of Pumpkin (2014) See more »

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"You ain't seen bad yet. But it's comin'."
4 May 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Hillbilly-turned-Chicago cop Patrick Swayze sets out to find his brother Bill Paxton's killer. His other brother Liam Neeson comes to the city to find the killer himself -- hillbilly style! It's hillbillies vs mobsters on the streets (and a cemetery) of Chi-town. I'm sure whoever did the casting on this movie had a brief career. I can buy Swayze and Paxton as hillbillies but Neeson? Also, Ben Stiller as a Sicilian mobster?

Swayze is a citified hillbilly. We know they've civilized him because he pulls his mullet back into a fashionable ponytail. Neeson is not civilized. We know this because he wears a dirty baseball cap at all times, even when he has on a suit. Helen Hunt is Swayze's city wife. She plays the violin, which Swayze's hillbilly kin refer to as the fiddle. Rest assured, this movie never misses a chance to traffic in clichés.

The action is so-so and the performances are about what you would expect. Swayze takes his part very seriously. Adam Baldwin seems to know the score and hams it up appropriately as the villain. There are many quotable lines, which is the mark of a good cheesy action movie. It's not at the top of my list of great '80s actioners but it's worth checking out anyway.


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