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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
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What do you want to do? It's your time. Paid for already, and in my little agenda book.
For starters, I've hear nothing from my skins. No one's called me. No ones...
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...
[moving threateningly, talking over him]
Be careful what you say.
...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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Powerful, moving... Hate changed into tolerance, into love.
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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