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Steel Dawn (1987) Poster

(1987)

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Brett Hool received an 'Introducing' credit.
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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.
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Lead stars Patrick Swayze and Lisa Niemi, the latter billed as Lisa Niemi, were married.
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First of four movies that Patrick Swayze and Lisa Niemi (Lisa Niemi) both appeared in. The films are Next of Kin (1989) and Letters from a Killer (1998), both where Niemi appeared in bit uncredited parts, and Steel Dawn (1987) and One Last Dance (2003), both where Niemi had a leading role. The two also both worked on Grandview, U.S.A. (1984).
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The role that Nomad (Patrick Swayze) was hired for was as a "Peacemaker".
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Debut produced screenplay of storyboard artist Doug Lefler. The picture has been Lefler's first, final and only ever full script for a feature film.
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One of two 1987 movies starring Patrick Swayze. The other picture was Dirty Dancing (1987).
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The picture was likened to the western classic Shane (1953). Film critic Leonard Maltin said the film was a "futuristic rehash of Shane (1953)" whilst Rating the Movies stated the flick was "a futuristic Shane (1953) story".
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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 Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981).
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Early film role of actor Arnold Vosloo who would go on to star in the popular "Mummy" movies.
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One of at least three 1987 movies with the word "Steel(e)" in the title. The films include Steel Dawn (1987), Cold Steel (1987), and Steele Justice (1987).
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The name of the post-World War III town was "Meridian".
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Second of only three feature films directed by Lance Hool.
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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)].
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The movie featured a number of cast and crew from the Hool family. These included Brett Hool, Lance Hool and Conrad Hool.
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Star Billing: Patrick Swayze (1st), Lisa Niemi billed as Lisa Niemi (2nd), and Anthony Zerbe (3rd).
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Actors Brion James and Patrick Swayze both sport beards and mustaches in this movie.
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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)".
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