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PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Mystery | 13 January 1989 (USA)
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A young avid skateboarder uncovers a government conspiracy while investigating his adoptive brother's mysterious death.

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Graeme Clifford

Writer:

Michael Tolkin

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Slater ... Brian Kelly
Steven Bauer ... Al Lucero
Richard Herd ... Ed Lawndale
Le Tuan Le Tuan ... Colonel Trac
Min Luong Min Luong ... Tina Trac
Art Chudabala ... Vinh Kelly
Ed Lauter ... Mr. Kelly
Micole Mercurio ... Mrs. Kelly
Peter Kwong ... Bobby Nguyen
Charles Cyphers ... Harvey McGill
Max Perlich ... Yabbo
Tony Hawk ... Buddy
Tommy Guerrero Tommy Guerrero ... Sam
Christian Jacobs ... Gremic
Joe Gosha Joe Gosha ... Nick Oliver
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Storyline

Brian's adopted brother is killed when he discovers that the shop he works in sends weapons to Vietnam instead of medications. To the police it looks like suicide, but Brian knows better so he skates off to investigate the murder himself. Written by Lars J. Aas <larsa@colargol.edb.tih.no>

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When getting even means risking it all See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Brother's Justice See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$740,780, 15 January 1989

Gross USA:

$2,777,280

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,777,280
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The high school scenes were filmed at Woodbridge High School in Irvine, California in early 1987. Although Christian Slater and members of the cast are seen skateboarding on campus (by permission of Woodbridge High School principal Greg Cops), in actuality Woodbridge High School has a strict policy that bans skateboarding on campus. See more »

Goofs

When Brian is hiding in the backseat of the car, Nguyen is shot in the back. This causes blood to splatter on the window. However, in the next shot, no blood is visible. See more »

Quotes

Brian Kelly: If my dog had a face like yours I'd shave his ass and teach him to walk backwards.
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Crazy Credits

Rodney Mullen can be seen doing flatground tricks toward the beginning of the end credits. See more »

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Referenced in Breaking In: Heatherses (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Nowhere to Run
Written by Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland and Eddie Holland
Vietnamese Translation by Jean-Pierre Nguyen
Performed by Khanh Ha
Produced by Laurence Juber
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Great 80s film, nothing amazing, but certainly competent in what it does, and not many films like it
24 April 2005 | by DariunasSee all my reviews

One of the first films of its kind that I had seen and is still really entertaining, after I hunted it down on DVD and watched for the first time last night for years. I like the portrayal of the skater guys. It frames their attitude nicely.

Slater's 'I miss you' speech was pretty cringing for me, but apart from that, the film carries itself really well without trying to take itself too seriously, and it comes off better for it.

The Corvette guy was a terrible addition in many ways, but despite being so bad, it was hilarious. One of those scenes where you'd say 'who would do that???' and then... 'who would carry on doing that after this?'... you'll see what I mean...


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