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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... John Henry Irons / Steel
... Susan Sparks
... Nathaniel Burke
... Uncle Joe
... Grandma Odessa
... Martin (as Ray J.)
... Lamont
... Col. David
... Sen. Nolan
... Major
... Norma
... Sgt. Marcus
... Detective
Eric Saiet ... Young Cop
... Slats
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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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Man. Metal. Hero. See more »

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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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15 August 1997 (USA)  »

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Shaq Steel  »

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Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$870,068, 17 August 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$1,710,972
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The filming schedule consisted of fifty one days with thirty-two full nights of shooting in downtown Los Angeles. The shooting schedule presented difficulties for the director due to the schedule of Shaquille O'Neal, who was already committed for playing in the 1996 Summer Olympics, and training at the Los Angeles Lakers camp in Hawaii. This left Johnson with five weeks to complete filming all scenes with O'Neal. O'Neal had one read through of the script before the Olympics and then worked with acting coach Ben Martin in between games to work on his character. When O'Neal returned to act with the rest of the cast, he had all his lines memorized. See more »

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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 »

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Susan Sparks: Sometimes shit happens.
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Written and Performed by Rodney Jerkins
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Stinks
18 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

Garbage superhero movie based on the Superman spin-off character, Steel. One of the all-time bad comic book movies. Shaquille O'Neal is terrible, delivering lines like he's reading a menu. The armor his character wears is ludicrous and cheap. His sidekick is a woman in a wheelchair named Sparky, played by Annabeth Gish. Poor Annabeth tries but the material she's given is dreadful. Judd Nelson gives a self-consciously bad performance as the villain Burke. He knows he's in trash and doesn't even try to make the material work. In many scenes he's clearly suppressing laughter at the terrible lines he's given. It may not be professional behavior but I can hardly blame the guy. Collect that paycheck, Bender. Despite taking place in 1997, the police are driving cars that look like they're from the early '80s. Just another sign of the shoddy production, I guess. The whole thing looks cheap like it was produced by the dollar store. I suppose there is some unintended comic value of the "so bad it's good" variety. But mostly it just stinks.


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