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Steel Spirit (2002)

 -  Action  -  12 August 2002 (USA)
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This 90-minute, emotionally charged action adventure will have you asking yourself, "Who would I trust?" as Dallas McQuaid struggles to stay alive after a five million-dollar bounty is ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Steven Alverson ...
Henchman #1
Bill Benfer ...
Gary
Gene Bozi ...
Kyle Bryce
Paul Burnley ...
Bruce Costas
Jason Church ...
Jones
Tom Costello ...
Bartender
Cherie Daley ...
Katelyn
Dennis DiBona ...
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Joe Divico ...
Mike
Woody Duncan ...
The Boss
Jack Dziegrenuk ...
Dimitri Petrovich
Anthony Gaud ...
Mang
Eric Grace ...
Detective Maxwell
Amy Haggerty Hood ...
Dallas' Mother
Emma Hood ...
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This 90-minute, emotionally charged action adventure will have you asking yourself, "Who would I trust?" as Dallas McQuaid struggles to stay alive after a five million-dollar bounty is placed on his head by his archenemy, Bruce Costas. The mentally unstable McQuaid, a Former U.S. Marine with a brief background in the CIA, had set his sights on the underworld. His reputation as our country's most feared bounty hunter flourished as he captured 46 of America's 100 Most Wanted. So how does a hero become the hunted? Seven years after his disappearance, a blue-collar car salesman's identity is exposed, and peace and seclusion are sacrificed for survival. While being hunted by every lowlife bounty hunter looking for beer money, McQuaid searches for friends among foes. Reunited with his best friend, Jack O'Donnell; ex-wife, Jennifer; and his old friend, Detective John Coleman, McQuaid quickly discovers that sometimes loyalty is purely superficial. After the sound of the gunfire, missiles, and... Written by Anonymous

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With the help of his childhood friends, one man set out to make an Action Adventure using his SONY Handycam, a home computer, and his imagination.

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A fun, unique indie movie
2 June 2004 | by (Cincinnat, OH) – See all my reviews

No budget, independent movies shot on Hi-8 camcorders are suppose to feature five or six people sitting around one location lamenting how difficult their lives have been since high school. Nobody bothered to tell Stephen J. Pershing that's how it's done. Pershing, instead, has crafted the farthest thing from a double mocha angst fest; he's managed to make an honest to goodness action picture.

Using only friends and contacts from his home town in New Jersey, Pershing has filled 90 minutes of screen time with as many bullets, car chases, fights, Ninjas, even Stinger missiles as your average big budget Hollywood action movie would have. But Pershing has added something that even a lot of those Hollywood mega-budgets miss: a story.

Pershing plays Dallas McQuade, former U.S. Marine, former CIA operative and once the top bounty hunter in the country. Reduced to working as a car salesman in order to avoid his former life, everything turns upside down when his identity is discovered and his archenemy, Bruce Costas, offers a $5 million bounty on his head. Now, to stay alive and put an end to Costas, McQuade must turn to old friends, former colleagues, and an ex-wife to help him. As he discovers that not all of them are willing to turn down a piece of $5 million, McQuade ends up battling friend and foe alike. And it's all done with tongue planted firmly in action packed cheek.

Steel Spirit suffers from its lack of budget. Production values aren't what you would expect from a summer blockbuster. The sound quality and lighting aren't always the best. But Pershing's direction and editing show not only an understanding of what makes high entertainment but belie the fact that this is his freshman effort.

Any fan of indie movies should check this one out. Any fan of action pictures will be blown away by what Pershing was able to accomplish. Watch it once for the pure entertainment value. Then watch the DVD a second time with the director's commentary turned on. You'll be amazed and entertained. And isn't that what an action movie is suppose to do?


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