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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brett Hool ...
Marcel van Heerden ...
James Whyle ...
Russel Savadier ...
Off (as Russell Savadier)
Joseph Ribeiro ...
Cali (as Joe Ribeiro)
Alex Heyns ...
Brad Morris ...
Tullio Moneta ...


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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He is the desert warrior, carving the future with his sword. See more »


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Release Date:

31 March 1988 (South Africa)  »

Also Known As:

Desert Warrior  »

Box Office


$3,520,000 (estimated)


$562,187 (USA)

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to the British Post-Apocalypse movies website, "Brion James (best known for Blade Runner (1982)) also starred in: Cherry 2000 (1987), Frogtown II (1992), Nemesis (1992) and, of course, Steel Frontier (1995). Editor Mark Conte also worked on Nemesis (1992). Patrick Swayze's younger brother Don [Don Swayze] stars in Driving Force (1989) . . . 3rd Assistance Director Christa Schamberger was the Casting Director on Lunarcop (1995), Dirk Buchmann worked on the props for this and Lunarcop (1995). Sound Editor Virginia S. Ellsworth was the Music Editor on Cyborg (1989). Sound re-recording mixer Jeffrey J. Haboush had the same role on The Postman (1997). Sound Mixer David E. Stone was previously the sound effects editor on Solarbabies (1986)". See more »


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Patrick Swayze Cuts and is Cut
26 January 2013 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

After most of civilization destroyed by a futuristic World War III, well-built warrior Patrick Swayze (as Nomad) wanders through the desert. He meditates while doing handstands (guess this helps make him a better warrior, and you will be proved correct), then shows excellent swordsmanship by annihilating some "half-people" who appear to live in the sand. As "Tremors" (1990) later confirmed, sand creatures are nasty; besides, they threaten the life of our handsome hero. Looking like a romance novel cover model, Mr. Swayze must find sneering vigilante Christopher Neame (as Sho), the man killed his martial arts mentor...

Cooling his heels, Swayze stays at a farm with beautiful blonde widow Lisa Niemi-Swayze (as Kasha) and her cute son Brett Hool (as Jux), who just may be related to director Lance Hool. They live with brave Brion James (as Tark). Proving hairstylists will survive a nuclear holocaust, the Swayzes must protect her irrigation development from wicked Anthony Zerbe (as Damnil). His wells are running dry and she has all the water. This is highly derivative, but with good enough action. Swayze body watchers will be in more than pleased with his appearance. The soundtrack by Mad Max" (1979) composer Brian May is adept.

****** Steel Dawn (11/6/87) Lance Hool ~ Patrick Swayze, Lisa Niemi, Christopher Neame, Brion James

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