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Blue Steel (1990) (1990)

Jamie Lee Curtis , Ron Silver , Kathryn Bigelow  |  R |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 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: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006L92P
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,998 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
Format:DVD
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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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
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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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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
Format:DVD
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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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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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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Visually stunning, well-acted version of a terrible script. I find myself drawn to this movie whenever I see it coming around on TV, and it's saved to my prime because it's fascinating to watch and the acting is impeccable given the material. Ron Silver's turn as the burgeoning serial killer is fascinating...his choices are scarily unpredictable, and we never know what exactly is going on with him. Is he hearing voices? Is he the craziest stalker ever? Did he kill cats in his childhood? These unanswered questions and Silver's take on the character make him very frightening.

Curtis and Brown have very convincing chemistry and Curtis is very believable as a stressed out, directionless rookie cop from a dysfunctional family. The culmination of events strains belief, and smacks of a writer desperately trying to get herself out of the back alley she backed herself into (I don't actually know if the writer is female or male, honestly). But Bigelow's visual choices are deliberate and telling, from the opening title shots of a revolver and the careful shots of both the rookie cop's and the killer's obsession with the gun as an instrument of vengeance. She was flexing her muscles her to make those connections with the character's psyche, and that's what brings me back to this movie. It's what has made her a master director.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hadn't seen this in years - and had forgotten much of just how good a...
Hadn't seen this in years - and had forgotten much of just how good a film this was! Great flick!
Published 2 days ago by john
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
nice movie
Published 1 month ago by david suarez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my alltime favorites!!
Published 1 month ago by CHRISTINA HIGGINS
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Jaimie Lee at the peak of her career.
Published 1 month ago by anthony tomaio
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
GOOD MOVIE
Published 1 month ago by Fran
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good flick
Published 2 months ago by Charles Henry Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Jaime Lee Curtis finest performances!
I have been searching for this moving for some time and it always get "left out" or you can't find it. This movie for me and many others i.e. rappers is a cult classic. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Adam
3.0 out of 5 stars A set up hard to spot.
This was an ok movie but a little too dramatic for the happenings taking place. Also the scene in the bathroom is just not believable; no one could avoid hearing the going on... Read more
Published 3 months ago by ruwild
3.0 out of 5 stars Jaimie as you've never seen her
A rookie cop loses her weapon, only to be picked up by a man intrigued by a man who ultimately uses it.
Published 3 months ago by Pete N. Austira
5.0 out of 5 stars Collective Movie
Jamie did a Good Job of acting in this one. It's a Good Movie to add to your Collection and watch all action in this movie.
Published 3 months ago by hopper drake
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