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Steel Dawn (1987)

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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Makker
James Whyle ...
Tooey
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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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$3,520,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$311,892, 8 November 1987, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$562,187
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The shipwreck partially buried in the desert appears to be the wreck of the Eduard Bohlen, a cargo ship that wrecked off Namibia's Skeleton Coast in 1909. See more »

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When the boy is re-captured, he jumps from the sand buggy and suddenly grows three feet! Clearly a six foot male doing the stunt. See more »

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Remake of Shane (1953) See more »

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Low rating not deserved
30 December 2012 | by See all my reviews

Just caught up with it after 25 years and while this is not a classic, this is not a bad movie. I saw this when it first came on video and remember enjoying it and feeling it was a solid action flick for Patrick Swayze. I am very surprised all these years later after seeing it today on TV, that it still is, though I would only recommend it to people who like old movies and/or post-apocalyptic stories.

First of all, it was nice to see Patrick Swayze and his wife, Lisa Niemi paired together on screen. They had a tremendous relationship in real life; one of the only Hollywood couples to whom "till death do us part" really meant something. They clearly have an easy demeanor around one another that makes their scenes memorable. Most of all what's good about this movie and similar old flicks made on clearly-low-budgets is the lack of pretense. It's not trying to be flashy, it's not trying to be epic, nor is it trying to be something it's not. This is just a simple tale of a wanderer (Swayze) who comes upon a tiny village and learns to help the people in exchange for food, water and a bed and comes to defend them from marauders. Nothing more. His character, called "The Stranger" in the film, becomes a man of example, whose actions speak louder than words and who shows us how we can trust someone based on how they act and not what they say. Swayze has charisma and that's what makes it better than average for this type of old film. He was such a good dancer we forget he had some action chops as well. NEXT OF KIN, and ROAD HOUSE were made after this, along with POINT BREAK, and are better known. This is a quiet flick, a good one to watch on a lazy weekend afternoon.

The direction and music score are a little dated, as is Niemi's hairstyle (very popular in the '86-'87 years). The acting is okay overall, though Anthony Zerbe always makes a good villain. Mostly the excellent fight scenes keep the film moving forward. The choreography of the action is very good and Swayze truly has the grace of a dancer in his hand-to-hand combat. STEEL DAWN holds up as a nice reminder of simple, unpretentious 1980s storytelling.


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