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Steelyard Blues (1973)

A group of misfits decide to leave for a place that they can all be free. Their mode of transportation is a PBY flying boat. The only problem is that the PBY needs a lot of work and they ... See full summary »




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Black Man in Jail
Savage Rose
Beans Morocco ...
Rocky (as Dan Barrows)
The Kid
Pool Hall Waitress
Roger Bowen ...
Fire Commissioner Francis
Garry Goodrow ...
Duval Jax
Lynette Bernay ...
Bar Waitress
Mel the Zoo Official
Edward Greenberg ...
Rookie Cop


A group of misfits decide to leave for a place that they can all be free. Their mode of transportation is a PBY flying boat. The only problem is that the PBY needs a lot of work and they will need jobs to pay for the parts. When they find that they have only 10 days before the PBY is sold for scrap, they decide on borrowing the parts for their trip. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Eagle, Verdini, Iris, Duval and The Kid. They're not criminals...just outlaws. See more »


Comedy | Crime


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Release Date:

9 February 1973 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

The Final Crash  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Actually filmed in 1971, shortly after Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland had co-starred in the very different "Klute", but not released anywhere until 1973. Fonda and Sutherland, who were briefly a real-life romantic item around that time, were also involved in "The FTA Show", an entertainment touring towns in the US with military bases nearby; the show was a satirical event protesting the Vietnam war. Several other people connected with "Steelyard Blues" were also involved, notably actor Peter Boyle. See more »


During the scene at the airfield when Eagle is dressed as a soldier and is shooting arrows, he is heard saying "Up yours, Kraut!" but his lip movements clearly don't match the "up yours" part. See more »


Iris Caine: If I help Frank keep Veldini straight, I'm off the hook.
Iris' Friend: Where does that leave Veldini then?
Iris Caine: Out on the street - for awhile, anyway.
Iris' Friend: Come on, Frank's a cop.
Iris Caine: I can take care of him. He used to be a John.
Iris' Friend: Was he any any good?
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The Committee is in the opening cast list See more »


Referenced in The Brooklyn Banker (2016) See more »


Written by Nick Gravenites and Mike Bloomfield (as Michael Bloomfield)
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Great fight scene between Boyle and Sutherland.
17 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

A warm fuzzy movie from a stoned era. Rebels without a clue decide to flee the rat race in a surplus flying boat. A few problems rear their ugly heads. Like their being permanently broke, the plane needing some major rebuilding, and their inability to hold down anything approaching a full time job. Boyle is in fine form as the down at heel mechanic and the fight between him (knife) and Sutherland (felt tip pen) is a comedy classic. A fine goofy feelgood ensemble piece that plays like they busked it for laughs. It would probably seem quaint and a bit dated if I saw it now, but back in the 70s it was a breath of fresh air. With a faint whiff of hash about it.

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