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Gleaming the Cube (1989)

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.

Director:

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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All he cared about was Gleaming the Cube... until the night they killed his brother. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Trivia

While Brian and his friends are on the plane, his friends start applying skateboarding stickers to the plane's windows. One of the stickers reads "Tony Hawk." Interestingly, Tony Hawk portrays Buddy, one of Brian's friends. See more »

Goofs

During the big chase sequence at the end, the burgundy Toronado (doesn't) have headlight covers. See more »

Quotes

Brian Kelly: Can I ask you something personal?
Tina Trac: Sure...
Brian Kelly: Where's the bathroom?
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

Initial UK releases were cut for language and bloody imagery to achieve a PG rating from the BBFC:
  • [Reel 2] During scene in orchard, after Vietnamese character has pulled out gun, remove dialogue "don't give me a jerk-off hand job" before he loses his gun and is killed (13 mins).
  • [Reel 3] During scene between man in maroon jersey and boy in blue, after latter has swept objects off table, remove his response "Fuck, no" as he faces away from camera (6 mins).
  • [Reel 6] After boy on skateboard has crashed through window and Vietnamese man has been shot, reduce sight of his lying on ground bleeding and being held by wife (4 mins).
The cuts were waived in 2000, with an upgrade to a 12 rating. See more »

Connections

References Thrashin' (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Gleaming the Cube
Written by Robbin Thompson, Carlos Chafin and Eric Heiberg
Performed by James House
Produced by Michael James Jackson
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User Reviews

 
classic!
30 June 2004 | by less_than_rogerSee all my reviews

this movie is great, if you like skating you will love it. if you like mad effects from an 80s movie you will love it. if you like Slater you will indeed love it!!!

it is a good movie with a very bizarre story but it works well and is a great feel good movie. the story is about Slaters brother getting killed when he finds out some imformation about his work that he shouldnt know. Slater takes it in to his own hands to find out why his bro was killed and in the process finds out serous stuff.

Must see, one of slaters classics!!!!



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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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