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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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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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Co-star Claudio Cassinelli died in a helicopter crash on July 12, 1985 during filming in Arizona. According to the National Transportation Safety Board report, the rotor blades of the Bell 206-B struck the underside of the steel bridge and broke off, causing the aircraft to plummet into the canyon below, killing Cassinelli and the pilot. The crash was officially attributed to inattention and poor judgment by the pilot; the NTSB report notes that a bottle of the prescription diet pill Ionamin (Phentermine) was found in the pilot's hotel room, and that this drug may cause errors in judgment, but his actual use of the drug could not be verified because his body was never recovered. See more »

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The car that Paco Queruak drives from the city to the junkyard in Arizona is a third-generation (1982 or later model) Chevrolet Camaro. However, when Hunt and Peter Howell set the car ablaze the junkyard, it has changed to a second-generation (1970-1981) Camaro, as evidenced by the more curvaceous rear end styling. 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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