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Steel Arena (1973)

Dusty Russell shows off his talent as the greatest daredevil on the circuit. Later, he awaits the biggest challenge of his career.

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Mark L. Lester

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Mark L. Lester
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dusty Russell Dusty Russell ... Himself
Buddy Love Buddy Love ... Himself
Gene Drew ... Himself
Dutch Schnitzer Dutch Schnitzer ... Himself
Speed Stearns Speed Stearns ... Himself
Ed Ryan Ed Ryan ... Himself
Big Tim Welch Big Tim Welch ... Himself
Dan Carter Dan Carter ... Himself
Bruce Mackey Bruce Mackey ... Crash Chambers
Laura Brooks Laura Brooks ... Jo-Ann
Bill McKnight Bill McKnight ... Harry
Dick Dawe Dick Dawe ... Southern Preacher
Eric Nord Eric Nord ... Southern Sheriff
Erica Stone Erica Stone ... Crash's Girl
Nancy Walton Nancy Walton ... Speed's Girl
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Dusty Russell shows off his talent as the greatest daredevil on the circuit. Later, he awaits the biggest challenge of his career.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La bombe humaine See more »

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L-T Films See more »
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Mono

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Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Featured in Film House Fever (1986) See more »

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Living Wild, Living Free
Words and Music by Don Tweedy
Sung by Sam Durrance on Omni Records
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A killer display of death-defying stunts in this overlooked drama.
28 November 1998 | by emmSee all my reviews

With a cast of real professional daredevils and enough damaging demolition, STEEL ARENA is an amusingly fun time with a simple plot. The focus is on true-life daredevil Dusty Russell, who risks his life and limb by attempting record-breaking divebombs in his career. And he successfully does them, too! Amazing! There's some exciting (although brief) stunts like the infamous "T-bone" and rollover crashes and the fire ring. Watch Dusty attempt to jump 100 feet into the air! Don't expect this to be a documentary, though. At least the daredevils can act alright. I had no idea whether Dusty survived the film's last stunt or not, for the end is quite solemn. There hasn't been a film like it, with the possible exception of EVEL KNIEVEL. It may have been aged, but it's definitely worth seeing wherever you can find it.


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