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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

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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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A man murdered in cold blood. But they didn't count on his brother's revenge! See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Next of Kin See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,805,516, 22 October 1989

Gross USA:

$15,942,628

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,942,628
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was the last film from Lorimar Filmed Entertainment before going under. See more »

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When Gerald is being pursued by the fake police car the blue light changes locations from right to left. See more »

Quotes

Briar Gates: I should have waited for you. We could have whooped 'em together.
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Referenced in My Blue Heaven (1990) See more »

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Orange Blossom Special
Written by Ervin T. Rouse
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Several Big Stars, But Nothing Special
17 May 2015 | by bozabozidarSee all my reviews

Next of Kin has a rather unusual story about hillbillies fighting against mafia in Chicago. It all starts when an ordinary hillbilly named Gerald Briar who moved to town in order to become a truck driver gets killed by mobsters while doing his job. The main villain is Joey (played by Adam Baldwin), a very brutal and relentless member of the Isabela crime family, who has to work with his boss' harmless son Lawrence (Ben Stiller). What he did not know is that the trucker had a huge family of highlanders, and his brother Truman Gates (Patrick Swayze) lives in Chicago and works as a detective. After Gerald's funeral, Gerald's second brother Briar (Liam Neeson), who is just an ordinary unsuccessful hillbilly, decides to travel to Chicago in order to investigate his brother's death. He occupies a room in a cheap motel, prepares some bullets, and starts beating or threatening anybody who gets in his way. Meanwhile, Truman, who has a beautiful violinist wife Jessie (Helen Hunt), also starts his own investigation but through peaceful means and more subtle threats.

The movie is quite slow-paced and the Briar brothers actually try to get the full picture of the 3rd brother's death before killing anybody. However, the movie's finale is just a dumb shootout scene where mobsters get brutally slaughtered with weapons including shotguns, bows, crossbows, throwing axes and even snakes! One must wonder why the movie is so long when in the end everything comes down to fighting and Truman's plan of lawful arrest fails, but that is probably due to "movie magic". The rest of the movie is forgettable, with several events that do not make any sense. There is one exciting scene where Briar is being chased by mobsters and has to jump on moving trains which is worth watching. The scenes showing the Gates family in the hills are also well-made and successfully capture the spirit of a big highlander clan.

All in all, Next of Kin does have some famous actors, most notably Liam Neeson and Patrick Swayze, but it's just an average crime action movie with several flaws.


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