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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29 August 1986 (USA)  »

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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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Enjoyable bit of Italian sci-fi action
13 March 2015 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

It would only be fair to say that Hands of Steel is a film that shows the influence of James Cameron's The Terminator (1984). Moreover, in the early 80's there was a cycle of Italian low-budget sci-fi movies and this is a pretty good example of one of those. An immoral businessman has created a cyborg to kill an ecologist whose activism is at odds with his plans. At the key moment of the assassination attempt, however, the cyborg's human side takes over and he refrains from killing the man. He goes on the run to the Arizona desert and this leads to both his master's henchmen and the police chasing after him.

The director of this one was Sergio Martino who is best known for a string of excellent giallo flicks he helmed in the early 70's. Like most of his fellow Italian genre directors though he had to go with the flow and make films in whatever genre happened to be popular at the time and by 1986, muscular sci-fi action flicks were in. He does a pretty good job here it has to be said and the resultant movie is pleasingly entertaining throughout, with arm wrestling competitions, professional killers, a truck chase and several punch-ups. The film is helped too by the presence of two B movie stalwarts John Saxon and George Eastman. The latter is particularly stand-out in a juicy role as a nasty trucker villain. Additionally, we have a good soundtrack from Goblin member Claudio Simonetti that adds an additional layer of class. Needless to say, this all adds up to a pretty good slice of Italian sci-fi action.

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