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Steelyard Blues (1973)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Crime  |  9 February 1973 (Finland)
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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:
Mel Stewart ...
Black Man in Jail
Jesse Veldini
Frank Veldini
Morgan Upton ...
Police Capt. Bill
Eagle Thornberry
Savage Rose
Beans Morocco ...
Rocky (as Dan Barrows)
Pool Hall Waitress
Roger Bowen ...
Fire Commisioner Francis
Garry Goodrow ...
Duval Jax
Lynette Bernay ...
Bar Waitress
Richard Schaal ...
Zoo Official Mel
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 <>

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If you can't beat 'em ... drive 'em crazy!


Comedy | Crime


PG | See all certifications »




Release Date:

9 February 1973 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

The Final Crash  »

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SEK 910,682 (Sweden)

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1.85 : 1
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Directorial debut of Alan Myerson. 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 »


Jesse Veldini: Iris, you really got some savages in here.
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Referenced in Tales from the Script (2009) See more »

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Old time Charm
2 March 2001 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

A film that holds up much better than its original reviews would let on. Although Fonda looks a bit disoriented at moments, there are a couple of scenes between her and Sutherland where the two simply radiate the star power that made them famous. Overall the film has a charm and warmth to it that, despite a little clumsyness at times, still makes it very much worthwhile and displays an interesting idiosyncratic type of humor and counterculture charm we haven't seen much of in recent years.

Not a must-see on a saturday night, but a precious gem for the connoisseur.

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