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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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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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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Henry's nervousness about "making a free throw" refers to Shaquille O'Neal's poor free throw shooting in the NBA. 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

Uncle Joe: [referring to a hammer] I did the ironwork myself, I especially like the shaft.
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References Shaft (1971) See more »

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Straight Playin'
Written by DJ Quik, G-One, Peter Gunz, Lord Tariq and Shaquille O'Neal
Performed by Shaquille O'Neal
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One of the worst movies I've ever seen, and I've seen quite a few.
19 April 2004 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

James Berardinelli gave this 2/4 stars - more than he gave "Trees Lounge." I find that hard to believe. This is one of the worst films I have ever seen in my entire lifetime, and I've seen quite a few.

It's yet another comic-book-adaptation based on a series that was unpopular to begin with. Shaq does his Attack as Steel, a superhero who runs around very slow in a heavy metal suit.

Whereas Spidey and Batman, et al, all have their special powers, Steel really just has a bulletproof metal suit - the "wire shooter" is a rip-off of the device used by Michael Keaton in "Batman." It attaches itself to a building and up, up and away he goes! However, the device moves at an astonishingly slow pace. Why didn't the cops just shoot him instead of standing there for over thirty seconds (yes, I counted) watching him pulled up into the air by a thin thread?

No matter. This movie is awful. Not even Richard Roundtree can save it.

And what's with the wheelchair lady?

Why, Bender, why?


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