Steelyard Blues (1973)





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In this counter-culture caper comedy, directed by Alan Myerson (whose work with The Committee and Second City gives the film a quirky sketch comedy freshness), Donald Sutherland plays Veldini, a sad-eyed demolition-derby driver, serving time for larceny. He also possesses a millennial desire to wreck every car manufactured in the United States from 1940 to 1960. After being released from jail, Veldini hatches a scheme to restore an old U.S. World War II amphibian plane to escape conventional society and fly off to a new nonconformist world. Searching for spare parts to complete the restoration, Veldini realizes that a particular electrical circuit is available only at the local Navy base, and he decides to rob the base to steal the circuit. Involved in the caper with him is Iris (Jane Fonda in a burlesque of her performance in Klute) as a 100-dollar-a-night call girl who is sick of being humiliated; Veldini's kid brother (John Savage); and Eagle (Peter Boyle), a schizophrenic out-of-work circus performer. Standing in the way of Veldini's scheme is Frank Veldini (Howard Hesseman), his older brother and a politically ambitious district attorney.
Rating: PG
Genre: Classics , Comedy
Directed By: Alan Myerson
Written By: David S. Ward
In Theaters: wide
Warner Home Video


Jane Fonda
as Iris Caine
Donald Sutherland
as Jesse Veldini, Veldini
Peter Boyle
as Eagle Thornberry
Garry Goodrow
as Duval Jax
Howard Hesseman
as Frank Veldin
John Savage
as The Kid
Richard Schaal
as Zoo Official
Mel Stewart
as Black Man in Jail
Morgan Upton
as Police Captain
Roger Bowen
as Fire Commissioner
Howard Storm
as Health Inspector
Jessica Myerson
as Savage Rose
Nancy Fish
as Pool Hall Waitress
Lynn Bernay
as Bar Waitress
Ed Greenberg
as Rookie Cop
James Cranna
as Luncheonette Man
Ruth Silveira
as Lady Electrician
Larry Hankin
as Garbage Man
John Brent
as Tattoo Parlor Man
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An absolutely worthless, interminable piece of work...

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