Next of Kin
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Next of Kin (DVD)
Patrick Swayze, Helen Hunt and Liam Neeson ignite Chicago in a blood feud when policeman Truman Gates' (Swayze) younger brother is murdered by the mob. Appalachian native Gates is torn between his desire to uphold the law and his lust for revenge. But Gate's older brother (Neeson) does not share the lawman's restraint--and when he comes to the city, he will not be satisfied until every member of the Chigago mob is dead.]]>
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It was cool seeing Liam Neeson playing a Hillbilly and to see how far he has come now in his career as an actor. Patrick Swayze also does a fantastic job as usual. Ben Stiller has a role in this, not a funny one but a serious role and it is neat seeing him act serious, I think he did a good job.
If you like this movie you better grab a copy while you can, I have a feeling this will be out of print soon and will be hard to get. So if you were wondering if this is worth upgrading from your DvD copy, Yes, it is. Grab it while you still can.
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. Swayze is great as usual, Neeson can't be beat, his accent is perfect as is his look for this movie.
I loved the response (as my subject line) Truman made when he was called to a seedy hotel to get a "mountain boy" involved in a murder to surrender--Truman knew Chicago as a Chicago cop--and he knew the mentality of the mountain culture--an eye for an eye and you settle your differences yourself. There were a number of great one-liners in this movie--some I particularly liked were Swayze's "enticement" to Helen Hunt for a little romp upstairs, "do you believe in the hereafter, then you know what I'm here after" and "wanna play on my teetertotter"--too funny.
The music was great in this movie, a little culture and a lot of country. Swayze again wrote a song especially for this movie--"Brothers" sung by Swayze and Larry Gatlin.
Great movie and one I will watch over and over.
I like it because this was Chicago in 1989. Dirty, crime ridden with a great deal of poverty. Most Appalachians would not be caught dead in Chicago! So thats a big stretch. As usual my husband and I ignore these bizarre plot points in an action movie.
Liam Neeson is practically unrecognizable as a hillbilly brother doing a pretty good Appalachian accent. Not near as fast paced as todays action movies but if you like the stars and the plot - a great movie.