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Blue Steel (1990) (1990)

Jamie Lee Curtis , Ron Silver , Kathryn Bigelow  |  R |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jamie Lee Curtis, Ron Silver, Clancy Brown, Elizabeth Peña, Louise Fletcher
  • Directors: Kathryn Bigelow
  • Writers: Kathryn Bigelow, Eric Red
  • Producers: Diane Schneier, Edward R. Pressman, Lawrence Kasanoff, Michael Flynn, Michael Rauch
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: December 3, 2002
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006L92P
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,738 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Blue Steel (1990)" on IMDb

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This "gripping" (The New York Times) psychological thriller starring Jamie Lee Curtis "hums with an electric current" (Variety) as it vividly depicts a female cop's mental and physical struggles with an obsessed psychopathic killer. Hypnotic and riveting, Blue Steel's "tightly strung" (The Hollywood Reporter) plot will keep you suspended until the very last frame! Rookie cop Megan Turner (Curtis) orders a burglar to drop his gun. He whirls to shoot. Too late. Turner fires, killing him instantly. But she doesn't know that someone has been watching. And when that someone lifts the assailant's gun from the crime scene, carves Turner's name into the bullets and uses them in a series of murders, Turner is drawn into a deadly game of wits with a psychopath who's always one step ahead…and much closer than she thinks!

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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Jamie Lee's finest roles! January 23, 2004
Jamie Lee Curtis is one of Hollywood's more diverse actresses-- from being heralded the "Scream Queen" for such films as HALLOWEEN and THE FOG, to comedic genuis in A FISH CALLED WANDA and TRUE LIES. Her portrayal of a rookie cop who becomes the target of an obsessed stalker (Ron Silver) after her first assignment on the force solidifies her acting abilities and film repertoire. Ron Silver plays the Wall-Street-broker-turned-psychopath flawlessly.
BLUE STEEL is a cop flick with a twist which, unlike many films in the genre, showcases a lead female's descent through the police force. Amir M. Mokri's encompassing and somber cinematography, Brad Fiedel's ambient and chilling musical score, and Kathryn Bigelow's cool, detatched direction, combined with the excellent cast which also includes Louise Fletcher, Clancy Brown, and Elizabeth Peña, makes for a unique, entertaining, and esthetically pleasing film!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blue Steel January 25, 2012
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This is a great movie. An older movie and often overlooked, I think it is a great example of Jamie Lee Curtis' talent on exhibit early on. As a rookie cop on the NYP force, someone is killing people in her name, but who? It's a taut thriller and will keep your interest untill the end. Movie arrived in great condition as promised and shipping was really fast, and I would DEFINITELY do business with this seller again.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly Stupid Filmmaking December 14, 2009
Bad films continue to get made, but did anyone bother to read this ridiculous script? "Blue Steel" (1990) deserves a special niche in cinema history as one of the most implausible crime thrillers ever produced. The character motivations of rookie cop Jamie Lee Curtis and Wall Street psychopath Ron Silver defy logic even by B-movie standards. Director Kathryn Bigelow is so preoccupied with visual style that she ignores the astonishing stupidity that substitutes for so-called plot twists. Strangely enough, "Blue Steel" has a few cult admirers who remain charitably blind to its numerous flaws.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling but not Bigelow's best film July 29, 2003
Writer-director Kathryn Bigelow was a very talented painter before she went to film school to become a movie director. It shows in her work which is very artistic for someone primarily known to the action-adventure genre of filmmaking. She is a breath of fresh air in this genre, investing it with literate scripts and haunting imagery. Her most frequent producer is James Cameron (the action wonder king, "Titanic," "Terminator"), who is also her ex-husband. You can see his influence on her work as well. Bigelow's "Blue Steel" is set in the police world with a new cop played by Jamie Lee Curtis. She heroically saves a whole supermarket full of people from an armed gunman only to set off a serial killer played by the aptly villainous Ron Silver, a commodities trader in New York City. The film is a war of wits between Silver and Curtis, with Silver exhibiting all the raw cunning of a supremely intelligent man who has been lured over to the dark side of his existence. Although not as artistic as most of her work, "Blue Steel" works very well in the police movie genre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jamie Lee Curtis great in her role as rookie cop June 26, 2013
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This movie isn't the best cop thriller out there - too many implausible moments in the film. But Jamie Lee Curtis was excellent in her role as a rookie cop confronted by a schizophrenic serial killer.

Ron Silver does the bad guy role justice. Cinematography was outstanding. It's just too bad the plot had so many holes.

It is still worth watching, especially when you consider that it was made in 1990 and holds it age well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars over the top but still entertaining. June 10, 2011
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jamie lee curtis made this b movie potboiler , with a higher budget than a usual b movie though, this played at the movie screens and did fairly well back then, and she carries the movie like the pro she is in a engaging manner. At this point she'd been a leading actress for 12 years and this one which was directed by a woman was a interesting choice. I had a friend who loved this movie so much that he named things 'blue steel'! I too enjoyed this one and if you don't overthink it and just take it as a b movie that can be slightly over the top then you will enjoy this one. However if you are not a fan of this type of b movie made on a A budget then you won't enjoy it as much as I did. The late Ron Silver who died fairly young in his early sixties a few years ago, plays the villian as a complete slimey nut and these type of people do exist in real life to be sure, I have met them.
Anyways, the dvd looks decent, but this one did well enough for a blu ray release , at least with another movie. The double feature blu ray is a great idea for catalog movies and this one would fit well that way.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Oliver Stone Produced Thriller July 8, 2009
Kathryn Bigelow is like a female Michael Mann. She makes moody crime films that are always stylish, gritty, and that boast well choreographed action scenes. In 'Blue Steel' she tells the story of Margaret Turner (Jamie Lee Curtis) a rookie cadet just graduated from the Academy. After less than twenty four hours on the job she has prevented a grocery store stick up by blowing away the robber (Tom Sizemore). Turner's partner was in the bathroom so the rookie went it alone. This doesn't sit well with her superior officer Nick Mann (an excellent Clancy Brown). He takes her badge away and relieves her of duty. The police never found the suspect's weapon because it has been stolen by a commodities trader named Eugene (Ron Silver). He was in the grocery store at the time and made off with the gun before the police could find it. Eugene goes on a killing spree leaving behind spent cartridges that he has engraved with Margaret's name. As more bodies pile up Mann pulls Margaret out of retirement so that he can use her as bait in the hopes of catching the killer. Margaret meets Eugene by accident and the two become lovers. She has no idea that he is the one leaving her these messages. Curtis is strong in the lead role and Silver is legitimately scary as Eugene. The cat and mouse game between the two of them goes on a little too long especially once Margaret discovers who he is but that's more a complaint against having to endure more of Silver's creepiness than it is Bigelow's direction. The beautiful Elizabeth Pena is underused in a few scenes as Turner's best friend. A scarily plausible, disturbingly violent film that's very well made.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Get you
I have seen this film many times and it still entertains me and sits me on the edge of my seat. I must confess though that Jamie Lee Curtis is one of my favorite actress's .
Published 8 days ago by David M Stanton
5.0 out of 5 stars fine movie, tho some characters a bit over thr top.
Good movie, buy a bit over the top for which I blame the director. Needed to move a bit and develop the characters more.. They remained somewhat stereo typed..
Published 28 days ago by Bill Perlman
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Great movie, love the action, grit and suspense. Like that she was able to get the bad guy in the end!
Published 1 month ago by marissa mitchell
4.0 out of 5 stars Jamie Lee, need I say more
Good plot, a little overboard, but overall, good entertainment. A different role for Jamie Lee, but she seemed comfortable in it
Published 1 month ago by D2reu
5.0 out of 5 stars Blue Steel
Very few slow parts. A very good who done it that has surprises up to the end. A good Jamie Lee when she was young the bad guy at his creepiest.
Published 2 months ago by W. D. Kmzey
2.0 out of 5 stars Yikes
SPOILERS.... Well I remember now why this got so many bad reviews its very poorly written. Not bad acting at all just horriblly executed, and far out of touch. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Movie Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie with Jamie Lee Curtis.
Great movie with Jamie Lee Curtis. Excellent plot. Disk was in excellent condition and like new, no flaws or defects.
Published 4 months ago by Al the Father
5.0 out of 5 stars my kind of movie
Let me begin by saying I like the fact that a woman directed it and the protagonist is a woman. That's a combination under used in cinema these days. Let me also say Clancy Brown. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Luthien Kelsick
5.0 out of 5 stars great addition
great additon to myh JLC collection. this was a different vein from what i am used to seeing her in. excellent quality and delivery.
Published 8 months ago by denval
3.0 out of 5 stars Mehh
It was an okay movie for a rainy afternoon. The acting was fair and the story was okay. A period piece.
Published 9 months ago by Frazz
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