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Steel Dawn Reviews

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½ August 11, 2017
Not one hundred percent awful but pretty damned close! It has just a slight few okay moments but that is not saying much here. I think Swayze probably did this one for a quick paycheck, to keep his name in the spotlight and for something to do between better jobs.
½ June 28, 2017
Mad Max it aint..One of Swayze's worst films.
April 26, 2016
Steel Dawn (1987) ??
SHANE set in the future: wanderer Swayze arrives at small area of settlers who are menaced by a vicious gang. Typical post-apocalyptic schlock nonsense; OK for what it is.
½ January 8, 2015
It's got Patrick Swayze and it's filmed in Africa. How bad ass is that?
½ January 3, 2015
Patrick Swayze stars in this post apocalyptic retelling of "Shane." The Bodhisattva plays Nomad, a nomad who wanders into a small community of farmers struggling to survive against the evil land baron, Anthony Zerbe. The film follows the story from "Shane" fairly close except for a general swap between the husband and wife figures, with Lisa Niemi as the leader of the farming community and Brion James as her partner. Most of these warrior-of-the-wasteland films are pretty awful, but this one is actually pretty good. Sure, it's low budget and corny, but it's fast paced, unpretentios and quite entertaining. This film is also unique among it Mad Max ripoff peers in that it embraced more of a "Conan" aesthetic, having the people of the wasteland fighting primarily with swords and not with guns or technology from the old world. In general, there really is very little evidence of the pre apocalyptic world and this wasteland seems more like something from an alien planet, which also makes it somewhat unique. This film also boats a score by "Mad Max" and "The Road Warrior" composer Brian May, which helps quite a bit. You also get perennial villain Christopher Neame, who seems to play Nazis a lot, and also John Fujioka and Arnold Vosloo in an early role. Overall, it's a silly bit of sci-fi, but quite enjoyable if you're in the right mood.
Super Reviewer
January 2, 2015
Reminds about mad max a bit , not as good tho but a decent movie. Swordfights in the desert.
July 30, 2014
Drifter/Soldier in post-apocalyptic future assists a struggling farming widow and community against a gang of oppressors. Odd choice for Swayze, whose career was soaring from DIRTY DANCING, and this film flopped at the box office but deserved better with Swayze lifting the film to a higher level. Real life wife Lisa Niemi appears opposite Swayze.
February 3, 2014
A wasteland drifter in the post-apocolyptic future tries to avenge the murder of his mentor. This subject matter was well covered by the Italian flim industry in countless direct-to-video offerings after Mad Max. However, this one has an edge over most of those in both production values and a good lead actor in Swayze. For fans of the genre, this one is recommended.
February 8, 2013
2/7/2013: Only watched 20 min and it was pretty dull. No desire to watch the remaining hour.
December 23, 2012
So many entertainers have gone too soon. Heath Ledger, John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Marylin, George Carlin... Yeah so George was older and less of a surprise but losing George at 150 would be losing him too young. Patrick Swayze was one of the biggest stars of the 80's and while his career in the 90's and 00's was less prolific he did turn in a gem or two(Looking at you To Wong Foo and Donnie Darko). Steel Dawn may not be one of his finest 2 hours but it still is an entertaining Shane inspired Post WWIII apocalyptic flick. Action is good, Dialogue is ok at times, funny as hell at others, But Swayze is enough of a badass to make this watchable. Can't help but think this would've rated higher on my scale if I had seen it as 10 year-old than having my first viewing as a 35 year old.
December 8, 2012
I grew up in the 80's. How did I miss this movie? Maybe I saw it but suppressed the memory. This was an awful movie. I can't think of one redeeming quality about this movie, other than having a dirty Patrick Swayze walking around being Patrick Swayze.
December 7, 2012
Would like to get round to watching.
½ October 21, 2012
Steel Dawn strives to be like Mad Max, whilst the title hints at possibly being a far off sequel to Red Dawn. The dry, end result is neither.
October 14, 2012
if you remember this as being good, it isn't. the soundtrack is farcical, all kettle drums and harps.stick with your memories.
October 6, 2012
is the world ok for us.
½ August 26, 2012
When you mix Mad Max 2 with Shane, you get a movie that's more or less between the two.
August 6, 2012
A classic '80s post-apocalyptic action film. It ranks right up there with CYBORG. The dialogue is spectacularly bad, the acting is sub-par at best, and it's incredibly predictable... and that's why I love it!
½ July 19, 2012
Atrociously slow and simplistic Steel Dawn evokes Mad Max's future of a world lacking technology and resources but spends most of it's time focus on day-to-day life than action, excitement or strong characters. Probably the only reason it is even vaguely remembered is Swayze's involvement and indeed he does a good job with the very little he is given to do.
May 4, 2012
Random apocalyptic lone gunman comes to town with swords...they were all blown away when he slings a stone and all way too stupid to use bow and arrows....need the water, awesome fight after fight after fight though
February 18, 2012
I'll have to watch this again to give it a more accurate rating. It's been years.
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