Hands of Steel (1986)
"Vendetta dal futuro" (original title)

R  |   |  Action, Sci-Fi  |  29 August 1986 (USA)
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A cyborg is programmed to kill a scientist who holds the fate of mankind in his hands. He fails and hides in a diner in a desert run by a woman who likes him. The people who sent him are after him and so is the local arm wrestling champ.


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Complete credited cast:
Paco Queruak
Janet Agren ...
Claudio Cassinelli ...
Peter Howell
George Eastman ...
Raul Morales
Roberto Bisacco ...
Cooper (as Robert Ben)
Pat Monti
Andrea Coppola ...
Eddie (as Andrew Louis Coppola)
Donald O'Brien ...
Professor Olster
Frank Walden
Darwyn Swalve ...
Anatola Blanco
Amy Werba ...
Dr. Peckinpah
Francis Turner


Sinister industrialist Francis Turner, played by John Saxon, creates a cyborg known as Paco Queruak (Daniel Greene) who has been programmed to terminate the leader of an ecological faction that stands in the way of the dystopian country in which the story is set. After failing in his mission to eliminate the ecologist, Paco flees to Arizona where he must face his opponents; and ultimately choose between his humanity and robotic natures. Written by Zach R.

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30% human, 70% robot, 100% lethal. [Scandinavian DVD cover] See more »


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29 August 1986 (USA)  »

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Hands of Steel  »

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John Saxon, strictly adhering to Screen Actors Guild rules, refused to act in any scenes shot in America (all his scenes were shot in Italy) as this was not a union film. He credits SAG with saving his life as otherwise he would have likely been on the helicopter that crashed claiming the life of his co-star Claudio Cassinelli and has not violated any SAG guidelines since. Two different but identically painted Bell helicopters were used for filming; the aircraft seen in close-up shots with Mr. Saxon has Italian registration, whereas the one seen flying - the helicopter involved in the fatal crash - has American registration. See more »


Turner's helicopter in the long shots is a Bell Jet Ranger but in close ups, it is an Agusta A109 variant. See more »


References Blade Runner (1982) See more »

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What a cool movie!
1 August 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

One things for sure; There's never a dull moment in this awesome B-movie from Sergio Martino!

The story centres around a Cyborg with a conscience who goes on the run after deliberately failing his mission to assassinate a blind professor. None too impressed by this sudden humanitarian leaning however, the cyborgs' boss (John Saxon) decides to have our hero wiped out.

Meanwhile our cyborg seeks solace at a diner in the middle of the Arizona desert where he hopes to be left alone. Unfortunately, he just seems to attract trouble like a dog turd does flies and even in this desolate location he manages to get on the wrong side of some local truckers headed by big George Eastman who challenges our hero to an arm wrestling bout.

Various bar brawls and further trouble ensue until a sadistic hit-man and the corporate goons eventually catch up with our man and attempt to take care of him for good.

OK so it's obvious that this was made on the cheap but frankly who cares; the action never lets up for a second and is backed by a cool thumping Claudio Simonetti score throughout.

Daniel Greene is admittedly wooden as the lead but nonetheless proves to be perfect physically for the role whilst the supporting cast are all fine and it's always a pleasure to see the lovely Janet Agren on screen.

Watch out also for a direct scene lift from the Terminator where our hero performs some self surgery on his forearm!

Tremendously enjoyable from start to finish! If only all films were this much fun!

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