Next of Kin

The murder of a hillbilly trucker by the son of a Mafia lord sets off a war of vengeance between hillbilly and mobster families. The trucker's brother, a Chicago cop, is in charge of investigating the case which involves a power struggle between brothers within the mobster family. The action drama draws parallels between the traditions of both hillbilly and mobster families.

  • Starring: Patrick Swayze and Helen Hunt
  • Director(s): John Irvin
  • Producer(s): Warner Brothers, Inc.
  • Screenwriter(s): Michael Jenning
  • Animal Coordinator: Unknown
  • Release Date: Tuesday, July 11, 1989

Featured Animal Action

A mobster meets his demise after seeking refuge from two pursuing dogs in a van stocked and crawling with poisonous snakes. A deer head stored in a refrigerator was bought at a taxidermist shop and special eyes were made to give it a realistic appearance. Other animals seen primarily as atmosphere are a horse, dogs, cats and pigeons.