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Steel Dawn (1987)


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Release Date: Nov 6, 1987 Wide


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This futuristic drama offers the classic story of Shane seved up with a few Mad Max moments and some interesting twists. The tale is set in the smouldering, decimated post-World War III town of Meridian, where locals scrabble to keep their meager farms watered in the midst of a desert wasteland. Bad-guys - a powerful landowner and his cronies - try to monopolize the precious local water supplies by bullying, kidnapping and even murdering citizens. To this beleaguered place comes the enigmatic … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Doug Lefler
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 17, 2000
Vestron Video


as Jux, Kasha's Son

as Priest

as Henchman
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Critic Reviews for Steel Dawn

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | May 21, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Classic Swayze, Unrelentless Action!

February 3, 2009
Brag Magazine

October 7, 2005
International Press Academy

Audience Reviews for Steel Dawn


The post-apocalyptic incarnation of Road House. While it's not as fun or innately campy, it's just worth watching for the crazy costumes and characters. Patrick Swayze embodies the nomad lifestyle, a drifter that only cares about himself and has no ties to anyone. However, Kasha and her son make his heart strong and he begins to fight for a cause. While this is no doubt the poor man's Road Warrior in every way possible, it's just so honest and straight-forward in what it gives you.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer


Why does being a great warrior always involve doing hand stands? Both Yoda and Swayze are ga ga for them.

Despite the entire concept of this film is a bit daft, the filmmaking itself isn't half bad.

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

Above average, but sometimes bore set in the post-apocalyptic future has martial arts warrior joining in to help widow protect a colony of peaceful settlers.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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