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Release Date:
31 March 1988 (South Africa) See more »
He is the desert warrior, carving the future with his sword. See more »
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. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Patrick Swayze ... Nomad

Lisa Niemi ... Kasha

Anthony Zerbe ... Damnil

Christopher Neame ... Sho

Brion James ... Tark

John Fujioka ... Cord
Brett Hool ... Jux
Marcel van Heerden ... Lann

Arnold Vosloo ... Makker
James Whyle ... Tooey

Russel Savadier ... Off (as Russell Savadier)
Joseph Ribeiro ... Cali (as Joe Ribeiro)
Alex Heyns ... Priest
Brad Morris ... Bluto
Tullio Moneta ... Henchman
David Sherwood ... Merchant

Directed by
Lance Hool 
Writing credits
Doug Lefler (written by)

Produced by
Edgar Bold .... associate producer
Conrad Hool .... producer
Lance Hool .... producer
William Quigley .... executive producer
Larry Sugar .... executive producer
Original Music by
Brian May 
Cinematography by
George Tirl (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Mark Conte 
Casting by
Pamela Basker 
Fern Champion 
Production Design by
Alex Tavoularis 
Art Direction by
Hans Van der Zanden  (as Hans Van den Zanden)
Set Decoration by
Lindy Steinman 
Costume Design by
Poppy Cannon-Reese  (as Poppy Cannon)
Makeup Department
Debbie Hare .... makeup artist
Merryl MacKenzie .... makeup artist (as Merryl Mackenzie)
Anita van der Merwe .... assistant makeup artist (as Anita Van Der Merwe)
Isabel Van Rooyen .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Conrad Hool .... unit production manager
Brent Quinn .... unit manager
Stanley Roup .... location production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Terence D. Buchinsky .... first assistant director (as Terry Buchinsky)
Christa Schamberger .... third assistant director
Gavin Sweeney .... second assistant director
Art Department
Phoebe Anderson .... art department coordinator
Gail Berman .... props coordinator
Dirk Buchmann .... standby props
Andy Carvill .... construction manager
Patrick Cox .... standby props
Hamid Croukamp .... props coordinator (as Hamid Croucamp)
Diana Lucas .... art department coordinator
Mike Owens .... assistant art director
Donne Rundle .... assistant set dresser
Lindy Steinman .... props mistress
Lindy Steinman .... set dresser
Sound Department
Gail Ganley .... foley artist (as Gail Steele)
Jeffrey J. Haboush .... re-recording mixer
Mike Le Mare .... sound editor (as Michael Le-Mare)
John Post .... foley artist
Michael Rudolph .... boom operator
Greg P. Russell .... re-recording mixer
Carolann Sanchez-Shapiro .... assistant sound editor (as Carolann Sanchez)
Steve Schwalbe .... assistant sound editor
David E. Stone .... sound mixer (as David Stone)
Karola Storr .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Chris Pieterse .... special effects assistant
Joe Quinlivan .... special effects coordinator
John Barrett .... stunt coordinator
Malcolm Chalmers .... stunts
Sean Finch .... stunts
Paul Hirner .... stunts
Tony McCullen .... stunts
Jimmy Nel .... stunts
Pablo Protopapa .... stunts
Panico Protopapa .... stunts
Derek Shirley .... stunts
Brent Van Rensburg .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Umberto Adaggi .... still photographer
Derry Gallagher .... electrician
Kevin Gibb .... best boy electric
Sean Higgs .... clapper loader
John Hlapalosa .... electrician (as John Hlapolosa)
Gavin Horne .... key grip
Gavin La Trobe .... best boy grip
Clive Laurie .... first assistant camera
Terence Maritz .... assistant camera
Tony Moore .... assistant camera
David Mutondi .... grip
John Myte .... electrician
Richard Palmer .... camera loader
James Robb .... camera operator (as Jimmy Robb)
Sean Ryan .... gaffer
Vincent Skokane .... grip
Jason Hool .... camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carole Classen .... wardrobe assistant
Yvonne De Necker .... wardrobe mistress
Cesar Jalon .... wardrobe assistant
Christian McCabe .... wardrobe assistant
Janis McVee .... wardrobe mistress
Editorial Department
Grant Gatzke .... apprentice editor
Vivian Hengsteler .... negative cutter
Margaret A. Smith .... first assistant editor
Adam Wolfe .... additional editor
Location Management
Gert Behrens .... location manager
Music Department
Virginia S. Ellsworth .... music editor (as Virginia Ellsworth)
Michael Linn .... music editor
Brian May .... conductor
Transportation Department
Dale Lee .... transportation captain
Other crew
Elena Azuola .... production auditor (as Elena Azoula)
Michael Barclay .... assistant to producers
Lynn Houghton .... extras coordinator
Megan Ingram .... nurse
Johan Kruger .... production accountant
Liezel Meyer .... assistant production accountant
Judy Norwood .... production liaison
Carole Prentice .... production assistant
Jon Sparkes .... production liaison
Lynne Swanwick .... production assistant
Antoinette van Speyk .... script supervisor (as Antoinette Wilkinson)
Crew believed to be complete

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Spain:97 min | USA:100 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Iceland:16 | Norway:18 | Portugal:M/12 | UK:15 (DVD rating) (2003) | UK:18 (VHS rating) (1988) | USA:R | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

The movie has oft been likened to the second Mad Max movie "The Road Warrior". Steel Dawn (1987)'s composer, Brian May, had actually scored both Mad Max (1979) and The Road Warrior (1981).See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Angel III: The Final Chapter (1988)See more »


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Patrick Swayze Cuts and is Cut, 26 January 2013
Author: wes-connors from Los Angeles

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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