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Steel Dawn (1987)

Patrick Swayze , Lisa Niemi , Lance Hool  |  R |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Patrick Swayze, Lisa Niemi, Anthony Zerbe, Christopher Neame, Brion James
  • Directors: Lance Hool
  • Writers: Doug Lefler
  • Producers: Lance Hool, Conrad Hool, Edgar Bold, Larry Sugar, William Quigley
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • 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: Artisan Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 17, 2000
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004WI53
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,574 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Steel Dawn" on IMDb

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Patrick Swayze stars with his wife Lisa Niemi and Emmy Award-winner Anthony Zerbe in this post-apocalyptic action adventure. They call him Nomad, a man without a home, without a past. A new breed of warrior trained in the arts of swordsmanship and hand-to-hand combat, roaming the vast desert wastelands in a postnuclear age...in a time when laws are useless and water is more precious than blood. When Nomad's old friend and mentor is brutally slain by the notorious swordsman Sho, Nomad heads for the desolate valley of Meridian to avenge his death. There he meets the beautiful Kasha, one of the many farmers being terrorized by the sinister warlord Damnil. The desperate farmers appoint Nomad their peacemaker, charged with protecting them against Damnil's diabolic plot to control all the water in the valley. But as Nomad begins to help Kasha's farm, thwarting Damnil's carefully laid plans, he becomes the target of Damnil's savage army, face-to-face with the bloodthirsty Sho, fighting for revenge, honor...and love.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars road warrior / beastmaster = steel dawn September 29, 2003
Format:DVD
No one watches Steel Dawn for the smart dialogue, the existential motifs, or the brilliant cinematography. This isn't Beckett here. If you like movies where a renegade with a sword gets the bad guys and protects small-town interests, this is for you. It's like the "Road Warrior" without the cars meets the "Beastmaster" without religious cults, and add a touch of Jimmy Stewart's western "Destry Rides Again." This is escapist cinema, and the best kind.
A note on the DVD: this is a full-screen edition that looks pretty cheap--no great remastering job here. There are no special features, no sound options, no languages. But if you want to see a movie featuring a guy with a sword, you don't need Dolby Digital and a pristine print: you need "Steel Dawn."
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
Yes, this is another rehash of the Shane/Road Warrior story of the lonely wanderer who defends the intrepid farmers against the evil baron/barbarian horde/wealthy landowner. Yes, it is another post-apocalyptic wasteland action movie. Yes, the dialogue is predictably lame ................... What gives this movie a slight edge over some others of this ilk is the sturdy performance of under-appreciated Brion James as a tired old soldier, the hammy intensity of Christopher Neame as the hero's rival, and the ........... swordfights.
Patrick Swayze plays a member of a knights-of-the-round-table type outfit who's days of glory and effectiveness has passed. He travels incognito through the wastelands, finding a farming community under threat from the local rich & powerful bad guy. He winds up fighting against one of his former fellow defenders of justice, now working for the bad guy.
The Brian May music and desert scenery gives the obligatory road-warrior flavor. The costumes and set dressing give the impression of the return of some culture and industry while still picking over the remains of the old world. The existence of these "guards" implies that there was a "world order" that emerged from the catastrophe, but that there has since been a descent to lawlessness.
The weapons combat was very skillful and, as movies go, convincing. The comatants move with efficiency, speed, and convincingness, fighting with the equivalent of quarterstaffs, bastard swords, and two-swords. It is the strongest feature of the movie and pretty much the only reason to watch it over any other genre movie. This, and the fact that the film achieves at least the minimum big-studio stardards of technical proficiency (cinematography, sound, edtiting, etc) and has a story without any big holes in it gives it the extra star. END
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Shhhhh, don�t tell anyone.... June 30, 2000
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
Have you ever watched a film that you know isn't very good, yet you ended up secretly liking it, but wouldn't tell a soul (at least those you know personally) that you do? Well, for me, this is one of those films.
I've always been a sucker for post-apocalyptic films/novels and the loner hero, and maybe that's why I ended up enjoying it. Hey, I liked Costner's "The Postman" and "Waterworld", and Yul Brenners "The Ultimate Warrior", and at least one of Gibson's "Mad Max" vehicles (so you know where I'm coming from).
Patrick Swayze and his wife are just fine in this standard yarn, and the fight scenes were done very well. Alas, there is nothing new to find here, but if you are attracted to the cast you might sneak this video in one night (very late, while everyone else is asleep).
Between 1 and 10, I rate "Steel Dawn" a very marginal 6, but in reality, I know it's not much above a 4;-).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roadhouse with Swords and Wigs January 14, 2013
Format:Amazon Instant Video
The 1987 film "Steel Dawn" is a masterpiece of filmmaking. It is not a masterpiece because it is well done, for it isn't. It is not a masterpiece because it is well paced, for its pacing includes vast swaths of soul-killing emptiness that will send you diving for the remote control for relief. It is not a masterpiece because it includes brilliant fight choreography, unless you enjoy men in Tina Turner fright wigs walking stiffly, as if they have gastroinestinal difficulties. "Steel Dawn" is brilliant because, of all the things it does poorly, it does one of them very well, and that is being the 1989 film, "Road House." "Steel Dawn" does a better job being "Road House" than almost any other movie, including "Road House 2″ (LEGALLY REQUIRED WARNING: ROAD HOUSE 2 FEATURES NAKED JAKE BUSEY).

Please allow me to explain.

In any power vacuum, order is established from chaos by an evil short man and his stable of thugs. This is a proven sociopolitical fact. That evil short man may be Ben Gazzara (notable for nothing despite appearances in 132 films) or it may be Anthony Zerbe (notable for playing "Teaspoon" in "The Young Riders" and for appearing once in 1996 on an episode of "Walker, Texas Ranger"). Regardless of whether your evil short man is Ben Gazzara or Anthony Zerbe, his stable of thugs will be ruled by an Alpha Thug, under whose taciturn leadership the lesser thugs will run the town with an iron hand despite sometimes erratic discipline.

Here is the plot of a movie:

A lone warrior wanders into a conflict not of his creation in a small town run by an evil short man who employs a stable of thugs to keep the populace under his thumb.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disliked
Movie was not one of Patrick Swayze's better films. Was disjointed, missing continuity. This is one movie I will not view a second time!!!
Published 21 days ago by Susan Barr
5.0 out of 5 stars loce patrick
lots of action, story line is good, could be better but all in all it was an enjoyable show to watch
Published 3 months ago by CEOSR
1.0 out of 5 stars No movie to watch.
I haven't received this movie yet so I can't give it a rating . I love the movie but I don't have one to watch. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Robert Jenkins
1.0 out of 5 stars I never got it
I never got it so until I get it and watch it I can not say anything or comment on it, sorry but that is the way it is.
Published 8 months ago by Mark Fritz
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite Post-Apoc cheese flicks!
You won't learn any dance steps from this movie, but you'll be entertained. One of many "road warrior" knock offs from back in the day, but one of the better ones.
Published 10 months ago by West Coastie
3.0 out of 5 stars Not happy
It will not play on any of my dvd players, Says disk cannot be read and I have five dvd players
Published 12 months ago by Dan Hollingsworth
1.0 out of 5 stars Steel Dawn - hit and miss
I can't really say I hated it because I couldn't view it. Once i put it in a message came up that said it could not be played in my DVD player. No explantation why. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ruth Sp
5.0 out of 5 stars Patrick Swayze ,at his action best
Patrick Swayze as a futuristic swordsman who turns out to be a peacekeeper. He defends a woman (his real life wife) and her child from a ruthless land baron, Anthony Zerbe; who... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Avid Movie Collector
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time.
The movie is a very routine,very boring, very low budget action movie. Nothing makes it special. Action sequences are unrealistic, obviously staged.
Published 15 months ago by Philip Hewett
3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK
The product came quick & on time. But it is a little old, I guess that's to be expected. Still watchable though.
Published 15 months ago by chris
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