Steel Dawn (1987) - Rotten Tomatoes

Steel Dawn (1987)





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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 swordsman/ warrior Nomad who has come in search of his mentor's killer. The town takes him on as their "Peacemaker" and he is able to end their problems and get his revenge to boot. The story was filmed on location in the deserts of South Africa.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


Brett Hool
as Jux, Kasha's Son
Alex Heyns
as Priest
Tullio Moneta
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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