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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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Nomad
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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 ...
Henchman
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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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"Whoever controls the water. Controls the valley."
30 March 2013 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

Before "Road House" came along, Patrick Swayze was kicking ass and practicing his spiritual mediation couple years earlier in the low- budget, post-apocalyptic "Mad Max 2" clone; "Steel Dawn". Even add "Shane" to the mix. Nomad is a drifter travelling the wastelands caused by the affect of world wars. He comes across a small community town Meridian, that's in need of a peace-keeper, as a tyrant and his gang fight for the rights of the local water source.

The derivative plot is simple and paper-thin leaving no cliché left unturned. A strong, promising opening only makes way for something rather run-the-mill and tepid where it has its moments, but just not enough. It's well-made nonetheless, but less than exciting saved by a couple of masterfully executed action choreography set-pieces and its vivid desert backdrop that's given scope by some agile camera-work. The workable performances by the cast are accomplished. Swayze is agreeable in a steely manner as the mysterious Nomad, a former soldier who possesses some valuable skills. Across from him was his real life wife Lisa Niemi Swayze. While a viper-like Anthony Zerbe scorns a lot as the tyrant Damnil, Christopher Neame makes a great lethal foe and a burly Brion James hands out some eccentric punishment alongside Swayze. Also appearing is Arnold Vosloo and John Fujioka as the mentor.

Earnest, but cheaply done routine post-apocalyptic Sci-fi adventure.

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