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Steelyard Blues

1973

PG CC
4.0 out of 5 stars (29) IMDb 5.5/10

A group of misfits decide to refurbish a plane and use it to fly to a deserted island where they can live free of societal judgments and rules.

Starring:
Mel Stewart, Donald Sutherland
Runtime:
1 hour, 32 minutes

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Genres Comedy
Director Alan Myerson
Starring Mel Stewart, Donald Sutherland
Supporting actors Howard Hesseman, Morgan Upton, Peter Boyle, Jessica Myerson, Beans Morocco, John Savage, Jane Fonda, Nancy Fish, Roger Bowen, Garry Goodrow, Lynette Bernay, Richard Schaal, Edward Greenberg, Howard Storm, David Moody, Ruth Silveira, Larry Hankin, James Cranna
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format: VHS Tape
When this film was released on national teevee, the network, in its infinite wisdom (or something) decided that we wouldn't want to watch a film with a title so irrelevant to what they perceived as the main thrust of the film, and so they retitled it "The Final Crash" -- i assume it was because the main character (Donald Sutherland as Veldini) is a demolition derby driver when he isn't in jail (he was in jail for robbing gas stations in order to pay for the demolition derby driving habit...).
This, of course, is almost irrelevant to the main themes of the film, except as it is to be seen as one more example of a free spirit trammeled 'round by petty mundanity, i guess.
That aside, this is a nice little surreal comedy about a group of non-conformist types who want to fly away and a society that cannot tolerate their oddnesses nor grant them the freedom to opt out, as personified in Veldini's brother, DA "Veldin" (Howard Hesseman, against type as an uptight Establishment politician), who hopes to run for Governor and *doesn't* need his wacko brother making his name a laughingstock again.
Representing the Forces of Freedom (or at least Absurdity) along with Sutherland as Veldini are Peter Boyle as Eagle, a self-defined lunatic who does a wicked Brando impression, and Jane Fonda as Iris Caine, childhood friend of the Veldinis, now a high-priced callgirl (keep an eye on her highball glass full of ice...).
Symbolising the dreams of the free-spirited is the PBY Catalina seaplane that the three plus friends plan to refurbish and fly away to a desert-island paradise in.
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Steelyard Blues, with Fonda, Sutherland, and Boyle (C1973) was arguably one of the most hysterical cult movies ever made. I saw it several times when it first came out. Unfortunately, Jane Fonda was having problems with her North Viet Nam excursion at that time and the movie never was promoted as it should have been. If you think Peter Boyle is great on Raymond, please availe yourself of his talent over a quarter of a century ago. An absolutely must see.
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Peter Boyle alone makes this worthwhile, especially the Brando impersonation. It's definitely a low-budget movie with limited appeal, and has a lot of weaknesses. But Boyle, Sutherland, Savage, Hesseman, and Fonda all contribute to an entertaining glimpse into the 1970's counterculture. No overwhelming moments, obviously not a lot of budget, but a good script and good ensemble make this worth watching.
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Growing up my family lived and breathed demolition derby! Our family ran the 8 ball team from Hayward, CA. All through my childhood I heard my dad talk about a movie he was in that was filmed in at the Pleasanton Fair Grounds in Pleasanton, CA, that it took 2 hours to film and they had used 10 to 20 seconds of the shoot. He talked about the actors, the first responders being on their toes waiting for something to go wrong with, and his infamous scene where he was the one who got to crash into the ambulance! During my teenage years I figure oh lost cause I cant find that movie, then the internet comes... maybe I will get lucky. Nope, until now! I will get to see and own the movie my father was in and pass on a part of his 15 seconds of fame to his grandchildren now that he is gone. I don't care if this movie is lame, or had gotten bad reviews. This movie has more meaning and sentimental value than any rating or actor that was in it. I can't wait till I receive this movie! Oh, when the derby scenes come look closely for a black car with 8 ball's on its side doors... that's my daddy!
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Once you get over the fact that this movie is dated, it's excellent entertainment. Peter Boyle's character portrayals are excellent and he was never better than in this movie. I highly recommend Steelyard Blues.
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I originally saw this movie when it came out in 1973 and found it to be thought provoking and humorous.Upon purchasing and viewing it in 2012 I thought it too melancholy for my taste.still a humorous look at movies of the early 70's.It seems in retrospect that the studio tried to reprise the Fonda-Sutherland pairing from KLUTE. Rent this film do not purchase.
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I once saw this movie at a drive-in theater years and years ago. I specifically looked for the movie and was delighted to have found a copy on DVD. I enjoy the movie very much, Donald Sutherland is is hilarious, Peter Boyle is GREAT in this movie (I'll miss his roles on TV and movies, R.I.P. Peter.) I would put this silly movie up with Kelley's Heros for the enjoyment factor. (Also with Donald Sutherland, and a classic!)
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Fonda, Sutherland, and Peter Boyle make this an unforgettable cult film. It captures the wacky counter- cultural sixties-seventies anti-hero perfectly - an urban Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Liondrops keep falling on my head (see film to get reference).
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