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Steel Dawn (1987)

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In a post-apocalyptic world, a warrior wandering through the desert comes upon a group of settlers who are being menaced by a murderous gang that is after the water they control.

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Kasha
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Damnil
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Sho
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Tark
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Cord
Brett Hool ...
Jux
Marcel van Heerden ...
Lann
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James Whyle ...
Tooey
Russel Savadier ...
Off (as Russell Savadier)
Joseph Ribeiro ...
Cali (as Joe Ribeiro)
Alex Heyns ...
Priest
Brad Morris ...
Bluto
Tullio Moneta ...
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In a post-apocalyptic world, a warrior wandering through the desert comes upon a group of settlers who are being menaced by a murderous gang that is after the water they control.

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31 March 1988 (South Africa)  »

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Desert Warrior  »

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$3,520,000 (estimated)

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$562,187 (USA)
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One of a number movies that were labelled rip-offs of Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981). The "Mad Max"-like movies, many Italian, included "Endgame" [Endgame - Bronx lotta finale (1983)], Stryker (1983), "Battle Truck" aka Battletruck (1982), "1990: Bronx Warriors" [1990: The Bronx Warriors (1982)], "Escape from the Bronx" aka "Bronx Warriors 2" [Escape from the Bronx (1983)], "The New Barbarians" aka "Warriors of the Wasteland" [Warriors of the Wasteland (1983)], "2020 Texas Gladiators" [2020 Freedom Fighters (1982)], Steel Dawn (1987) and "Exterminators of the Year 3000" [Exterminators of the Year 3000 (1983)]. See more »

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Oh, so Cheesy!
13 May 2004 | by (Manchester, England) – See all my reviews

Wars and drought have ravished the future, a distant reality, and the world is now a husk of its former self. Civilisation now exists in small pockets spread across the desolate landscapes. It is the time of heroes, fighters, and bronzed men who know how to kick butt in a big way.

Steel Dawn, is has an interesting premise, but as a story struggles to develop much higher than a collection of action set pieces. Swazye plays a nomad (the man with no name), who after a tangle with some strange human like creatures of the waste lands, runs into his old mentor on the way to the pub. His mentor is killed and Swazye's character is now after revenge. The film has a spaghetti western feel to it but with out the mystery.

But despite that it has its good side too, as always Swazye is enjoyable to watch and the supporting casts do an admirable job with their characters. Christopher Neame brings a likeable side to his fallen warrior turned assassin, Sho. Who after all just wanted to challenge a worthy opponent to fight. Brion James is good as Tark, Kasha's foreman, whose initial jealousy of the Nomad make him suspicious of all he does, so of course Tark's trust must be earned.

This is not an example of cinematic magic. It is in many ways though a fun film, silly and enjoyable , with out a doubt oh so cheesy.

Enjoy I did.


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