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

 -  Action | Sci-Fi  -  29 August 1986 (USA)
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A story about a cyborg who is programmed to kill a scientist who holds the fate of mankind in his hands.

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Paco Queruak
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Linda
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Peter Howell
George Eastman ...
Raul Morales
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Frank Walden
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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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30% human, 70% robot, 100% lethal. [Scandinavian DVD cover] See more »

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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. See more »

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Am I man or robot?
3 March 2012 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Linguine "Terminator" rip-off with brooding Greene playing Paco, a cyborg programmed by sinister industrialist (Saxon) to execute the leader of an environmental political party (Fantasia). But when Paco fails to fulfil the assassination, he ends up becoming the target of a hit man (Cassinelli), as he takes shelter in a remote truck stop, managed by Swedish bombshell Janet Agren. In the midst of the hunt, Paco finds time to chop wood (lots of wood) and arm wrestle several contenders, including the inimitable George Eastman in a memorable encounter. But they don't call him the "Hands of Steel" for nothing.

With a scene lifted straight out of "The Terminator" where Greene tests his bionic hand coupled with Agren's character named "Linda", director Sergio Martino has paid his respects in this dull homage. Familiar faces Franco Fantasia and Donal O'Brien have minor roles, while Saxon, Agren, Eastmann and Cassinelli lend the picture credibility with their presence. Greene is monotone, but still attempts a personality, ruminating like Pinocchio on whether he's a "real man" or just a puppet

  • Agren looks primed to discover what's under the hood of a buff


cyborg, alas, though Martino teases, she's never unveiled. Nevermind, there's always "Mangiati Vivi" if you want to see 'more' of Janet Agren.

"Hands of Steel" has little to recommend it, unless you enjoy watching arm wrestling, or could perhaps be hypnotised by the lusty Agren for 85 minutes. Tragically, Italian leading man Cassinelli was killed during the making of this film - a disappointing epitaph for a charismatic actor who is sorely missed.


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