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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

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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 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 Daniel Tirado ... Hammer
Michael Yarmush Michael Yarmush ... Tong
Manjit Anand Manjit Anand ... Dahlia
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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 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

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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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CAD 1,300,000 (estimated)
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Galafilm Productions See more »
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Color
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Principal photography took only 17 days. See more »

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Danny Dunckelman: What do you want to do? It's your time. Paid for already, and in my little agenda book.
Mike: For starters, I've hear nothing from my skins. No one's called me. No ones...
Danny Dunckelman: [interrupting] Your skins? Who are they? Hmm? Your boys in boots. Your tribe of ill-educated, white trash, sons of bitches. Who have as their strictly...
Mike: [moving threateningly, talking over him] Be careful what you say.
Danny Dunckelman: ...the annihilation of the memory of a people who have already been killed once. Who want to shit on the graves of ...
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Equipped to stomp
7 January 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

One night after a concert in Montreal after a lot of boozing Andrew Walker skinhead is feeling in a real bad mood because he's a mean drunk. When Ivan Smith playing an East Indian immigrant accidentally spills some garbage he was tossing out from the restaurant he works at Walker feels this act of dissing deserves retaliation. So Walker knocks Smith down and proceeds to stomp him to death. He's wearing black steel toed combat boots and they are certainly equipped to stomp.

I had some mixed emotions about Steel Toes. The performances have David Strathairn as a liberal Jewish defense attorney and Walker on screen together for about 80% of the film and the two of them turn in some powerful performances. The best comparison that I can give is that of Sidney Poitier and Bobby Darin in that minor classic Pressure Point from the 60s. Instead of a lawyer Poitier is a psychiatrist and one rare black one from those times who gets Bundist member Darin as a client in a prison setting. He breaks him down in much the same way that Strathairn does with Walker.

But Strathairn's goal as a lawyer is get him the best sentence possible and possibly back then he would have had more maneuverability without hate crimes laws. I know Canada is far more advanced than we are on that subject.

Still this is a very powerful Canadian film shot on a shoestring budget with a pair of great performances from its two leads. Not to be missed if possible.


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