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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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Col. David
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Sen. Nolan
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Major
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Norma
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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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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  »

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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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During the scene at the railroad where John Henry Irons chases after a thug, a broken down fence has graffiti that resembles the written alien language from Alien Nation: Alien Nation (1989). Kenneth Johnson, who directed this movie, also directed several Alien Nation TV movies. See more »

Goofs

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

John Henry Irons: [about her being crippled] I can imagine how you feel.
Susan Sparks: No. No you can't.
John Henry Irons: You're right. I can't
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Referenced in The Holiday (2006) See more »

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Steel Yourself
Written by Kenneth Johnson and Marvin Winans
Performed by Marvin Winans
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The Vidiot Reviews
11 November 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Steel

Wearing a suit made out of steel sounds amazing. Moving around in a suit made of steel sounds impossible.

Fortunately, the 7-foot tall vigilante in this action movie has the strength to manipulate his metal pants.

When a weapon he designed for the army causes an accident that cripples his friend, Sparky (Annabeth Gish), John Henry Irons (Shaquille O'Neal) retires.

With Irons gone, a duplicitous army officer, Nathaniel Burke (Judd Nelson), begins selling Irons' lethal inventions to the criminal underworld.

When Irons' gets wind of this, he recruits a now wheelchair bound Sparky and Uncle Joe (Richard Roundtree), to help him wage war against Burke and his cronies in an impenetrable armoured suit.

Based on the DC Comics character inspired by Superman, Steel's armour has many chinks: namely Shaq's acting abilities and its insufferable script.

Sadly, when this African American hero arrives, old white women still think he's the villain.

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