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Steel (1997)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Crime, Sci-Fi  |  15 August 1997 (USA)
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John Henry Irons designs weapons for the military. When his project to create weapons that harmlessly neutralize soldiers is sabotaged, he leaves in disgust. When he sees gangs are using ... See full summary »

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Susan Sparks
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Nathaniel Burke
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Uncle Joe
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Grandma Odessa
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Martin (as Ray J.)
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Lamont
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John Henry Irons designs weapons for the military. When his project to create weapons that harmlessly neutralize soldiers is sabotaged, he leaves in disgust. When he sees gangs are using his weapons on the street, he uses his brains and his Uncle Joe's junkyard know-how to fight back, becoming a real man of "steel." Written by Thomas Pluck <stripey@winternet.com>

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Heroes don't come any bigger. See more »

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Action | Crime | Sci-Fi

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Rated PG-13 for some superhero action violence | See all certifications »
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Shaq Steel  »

Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$870,068 (USA) (15 August 1997)

Gross:

$1,686,429 (USA) (5 September 1997)
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Susan Sparks is based on the DC Comics character Oracle. See more »

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Steel's armor is supposed to be made from steel which he's forged himself. Despite this the armor and helmet flexes as if made from painted rubber throughout the movie. See more »

Quotes

Uncle Joe: [referring to a hammer] I did the ironwork myself, I especially like the shaft.
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Superman *still* didn't return.
11 February 2004 | by (Bristol, CT) – See all my reviews

Steel was a character created for DC Comics during the "Death of Superman" storyline. So naturally, based on the lack of movie since Superman IV, the makers of this movie could spin that as Superman as being dead or missing, therefore Steel was created, right? Wrong. It's has no reference to Christopher Reeve's Man of Steel stories, so it sucks.

This "comic book" movie stars the Miami Heat's Shaq as John Henry Irons, a technical/scientific genius (*snicker*) who creates the super armor just to beat lame bad guy Judd Nelson! In doing this, "Steel" becomes one big joke. It's 100% obvious how Shaq was miscast, and once he dons the "armor", looks like he poured glue all over his body and fell into Fred Sanford's junkyard. Peppered with unnecessary inside jokes about Shaq's crappy free throwing, this movie has no value to comic readers or movie lovers. Action scenes had potential, but fell flat with neither creativity or fun. Bad bad bad. Better casting, better written story, better special FX and a tie to Superman would have ensured a blockbuster, but now it's just cannon fodder for comic book fans.

To see the true Steel in motion, look to the 90s Superman cartoon, he looks like the character and is voiced by Michael Dorn( ST: TNG). You'll be happier watching that than this movie.


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