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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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Kenneth Johnson

Writers:

Louise Simonson (comic book series), Jon Bogdanove (comic book series) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shaquille O'Neal ... John Henry Irons / Steel
Annabeth Gish ... Susan Sparks
Judd Nelson ... Nathaniel Burke
Richard Roundtree ... Uncle Joe
Irma P. Hall ... Grandma Odessa
Ray J ... Martin (as Ray J.)
Harvey Silver ... Lamont
Charles Napier ... Col. David
Kerrie Keane ... Sen. Nolan
Eric Pierpoint ... Major
Tembi Locke ... Norma
Thom Barry ... Sgt. Marcus
Gary Graham ... Detective
Eric Saiet Eric Saiet ... Young Cop
Hill Harper ... Slats
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

Warner Bros.

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shaq Steel See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$870,068, 17 August 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$1,710,972
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The shooting schedule was 51 days, with 32 full nights of shooting in downtown Los Angeles. Shaquille O'Neal was already committed to playing in the 1996 Summer Olympics, and training at the Los Angeles Lakers camp in Hawaii, leaving Johnson five weeks to shoot all of O'Neal's scenes. O'Neal had one read through of the script before the Olympics, then worked on his character with acting coach Ben Martin between games. When O'Neal returned to act with the rest of the cast, he had all his lines memorized. See more »

Goofs

Steel's armor is supposed to be made from steel, which he forged himself. Throughout the film, his armor and helmet flex as if they were made of painted rubber. 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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Connections

Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Theodore Rex (2010) See more »

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Bust a Move
Written by Marvin Young, Matt Dike and Michael Ross
Performed by Marvin Young (as Young MC)
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The Vidiot Reviews
11 November 2013 | by capone666See 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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