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Next Of Kin (BD)

Patrick Swayze ("Dirty Dancing," "Ghost") stars in this hit action-packed film as a dedicated Chicago cop with roots deeply embedded in the Appalachian backwoods. When the mob cruelly inflicts tragedy on his family, he is forced to put his loyalties to the test, and a violent clash of clans results. Co-starring Academy Award-nominees Liam Neeson ("Nell," "Schindler's List") and Michael J. Pollard ("Bonnie and Clyde"), Ben Stiller ("There's Something About Mary"), Adam Baldwin ("Wyatt Earp"), and "Twister" stars Golden Globe-nominee Bill Paxton ("A Simple Plan," "Titanic") and Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe-winner Helen Hunt ("As Good As It Gets," "Mad About You").


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  • Actors: Patrick Swayze, Liam Neeson, Adam Baldwin, Helen Hunt, Andreas Katsulas
  • Directors: John Irvin
  • Writers: Michael Jenning, Jeb Stuart
  • Producers: Les Alexander, Larry de Waay, Don Enright
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 17, 2012
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (247 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007NQRIA4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,773 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Next of Kin [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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67 of 68 people found the following review helpful By TheHighlander on May 17, 2002
Format: DVD
Quick - can you name a movie that has Ben Stiller, Patrick Swayze, Helen Hunt, Liam Neeson, Bill Paxton, and Adam Baldwin in it? Probably not, as most people can't, and what a shame. "Next Of Kin" is a fine portrayal of the "Eastern Mountain Way" as well as the love of family and the bond of brothers.
I enjoyed this movie greatly. Although the plot has been somewhat rehashed many times the performances here stir emotion. Especially Liam Neeson's. If not for his performance in this movie I probably would have given it 4 stars, but he shines brightly here. The loyalty and love of his character combined with the contempt and anger of his character, what a great performance.
When this movie first came out I didn't even know it. I don't know how it fell off the radar screen before ever being noticed but it is cerainly worth a look.
Buy it - enjoy it, over and over.
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64 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Ellis on April 18, 2002
Format: DVD
In terms of just pure plot, Next of Kin is -- in many ways -- a typical example of the unconventional cop vs. the mob film genre of the 1980s...However, if Next of Kin is ultimately a genre piece, its still a better-than-average example of the what the genre is capable of. Certainly, its probably the only film ever made by Patrick Swayze that can legitimately be called underrated.
Plotwise, the film sounds almost like a parody. Patrick Swayze is a former hillbilly from Appalacia Country who has left behind his rustic family to become a big city cop and to romance sophisticated music teacher Helen Hunt. (Is there a reason why big city cops with simple backgrounds always seem to end up romancing music teacers in these films?) Swayze's younger brother Bill Paxton also comes to the city, to pursue a life of petty crime that ends up getting him killed by mobster Adam Baldwin which leads to yet another Swayze brother coming down to the city, this one played by Liam Neeson. As Neeson seeks revenge, Swayze is forced to return to his roots in order to avenge both his brother and protect his girlfriend.
Yet somehow, all of this works rather effectively on screen. The film is directed by Englishman John Irvin who has made a rather unsung career out of bringing a stronger-than-usual sense of characterization to genre films (the best example being the war film Hamburger Hill). Although Irvin's filming of the action scenes are a little pedestrian, he still has a strong visual sense and manages to vividly contrast the conflicting worlds of the country and the city. The film's supporting cast is well chosen and both the heroes and the villians all come to life with a surprising amount of dignity. At no point do any of the actors demean their roles by playing ...
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By R. Hunt on September 14, 2001
Format: DVD
I loved this movie before I knew who Liam Neeson, Helen Hunt, Ben Stiller, Bill Paxton were! I still love it today. My younger brother knew that I had been wanting to see it again and he gave me my own copy for my birthday. I don't know why Adam Baldwin is listed here as the star, though. Patrick Swayze and Liam Neeson are clearly the stars of this movie. If you live in the South, then you realize the closeness of these people and their desire to avenge their family is not too far fetched. There are so many interesting characters in this movie. I have always felt that one day someone would be digging around and unearth this old gem.
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Great acting from Liam Neeson and Patrick Swayze. Wish some who reviewed the movie had watched it more carefully. Gerald (Truman's brother) wasn't doing anything illegal, he worked for a company with vending machines who were targeted by the Chicago mob for takeover--he got caught in a takeover mob killing. And Truman's (Swayze) brother's name was Briar (so typically mountain)--not Blair. And a reviewer wondered how Briar (Neeson) knew Chicago so well since he had never been there--Briar clearly states at Gerald's funeral he HAS been to Chicago and didn't like it, he returned home to Ky.--so that's why he knew his way around town. Both Neeson and Swayze do a great job in expressing the culture of the "hills" versus the Chicago life. Helen Hunt is good as Truman's (Swayze) wife. The scenes of the hills when Truman takes Gerald's body home for burial is so true to life, the snake bus, the relatives and their desire to settle things their way, the houses (and Briar's old RV-home), the deer head in the refrigerator and the scenes of the hill country--just exactly the way it is.

Truman has gone to Chicago to make himself a better life. He's still a "mountain boy" at heart but his family back in the hills are as real as it gets. Gerald, the younger brother, has followed him to Chicago to make some money to buy a coal truck and return back to Kentucky. Also, for any who might know "mountain music", Truman, Gerald and Briar's mother is played by Jean Ritchie, one of the most famous and best of the traditional mountain dulcimer players and song writers in the business. It was a treat to see her in the role of Mom. This is a great movie, so very underrated, great acting, good story line, good paring of actors with intensity.
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