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Steel Toes (2007)

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Rage and intolerance collide with compassion Academy-Award nominated David Strathairn portrays Danny Dunkleman, a Jewish liberal humanist, and the court-appointed lawyer representing Mike ... See full summary »

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Mark Adam, David Gow

Writers:

David Gow (play), David Gow
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Strathairn ... Danny Dunkelman
Andrew W. Walker ... Michael Downey (as Andrew Walker)
Marina Orsini ... Anna Dunkelman
Ivana Shein ... Jill
Michael Rudder Michael Rudder ... Sam (as Mike Rudder)
Linda Smith Linda Smith ... Barabara
Ivan Smith ... Vikram
Aaron Grunfeld Aaron Grunfeld ... Young Danny
Joel Miller Joel Miller ... Danny's Father
Tom Rack Tom Rack ... Magistrate
Ron Lea ... Interviewer
Eric Vachon Eric Vachon ... Squeegie Punk
Daniel Tirado ... Hammer
Michael Yarmush Michael Yarmush ... Tong
Manjit Anand Manjit Anand ... Dahlia
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Storyline

Rage and intolerance collide with compassion Academy-Award nominated David Strathairn portrays Danny Dunkleman, a Jewish liberal humanist, and the court-appointed lawyer representing Mike Downey, a Neo-Nazi Skinhead on trial for the racially motivated murder of an East Indian immigrant. Steel Toes takes us into the intense and fiery relationship that develops between these two men as they explore their emotional and intellectual differences. Steel Toes is a provocative exploration of the inescapable and insidious presence of racial and religious intolerance in our society. Written by monterey media/Galafilm

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Rage and intolerance collide with compassion

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a brutal attack and for language | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Monterey Media

Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 2007 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Acélbakancs See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Budget:

CAD 1,300,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Galafilm Productions See more »
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Color
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Principal photography took only 17 days. See more »

Quotes

Danny Dunckelman: [in ending the first meeting with his neo-Nazi client] Do you have any reason for wanting me on this?
Mike: Like I said: you're a humanist, liberal Jew, so you gotta do your very best.
Danny Dunckelman: Oh, yes, that's right... 'Course. I forgot.
[uneasy chuckle]
Mike: In an ideal world, I'd have you eliminated. In this world I need you more than anyone.
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Powerful, moving... Hate changed into tolerance, into love.
20 February 2006 | by littleprince1977See all my reviews

Powerful, moving... I am so VERY impressed and humbled. From what I saw on your first cut into what I watched tonight, this movie which forced my attention time and again back to watch and refocus on the screen, had such a wonderful progressive movement from that movie into this one.

I've jotted down thoughts as I was watching it... most all of these notes are therefore in sequential order but just quick thoughts: Great grab at the beginning, one thinks it's an action movie. The slow effects- spot on- good! Entering into the cell first time -- the grid work shadowing -- wonderful Overall: Music -- oboe, cello, violin, piano....touches a persons heart strings.

Sound effects... really hammer home many things; hard, cold, etc. of the prison environment.

The first St. Viatteur scene with Muslim and orthodox Jew was good transition.

Really well cut re: close in and full shots... especially first meeting and last (e.g., chair breaking) scene. Yes, the tub scene worked with Danial, finally I understood what he was thinking and then he focused on the "Victim Impact Statement".

Showing the passing of time... worked well... good angles of the prison- stark, cold.

Interior prison scenes: really worked, bars, blocks, sun off the wall.

It was very clear at the beginning... the dialog which meant to convey 'try me for me, not for what I believe', etc.

Danny and mike "what happened with you today" worked great... it wasn't necessary to know what and why.... leaves the minutiae up to the audience... yet, the frustration is clearly seen... based on prior scenes and what was going on in that one.

The window-washing scene... so clearly showed Danny's frustration at so many things but then framed against a "random act of kindness"

Very clearly you were able to capture the home and work responses to his work on this case with very little air time.

The title grew on me... as it's significance was played up during the course of the movie. ALL scenes carried a very nice juxtapositions between Dan/mike Great scenes to close with... jail vs. free ... yet both were in their own prisons.

And the end provided hope for them and for us. Wonderful Work.


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