Steel Dawn (1987) - Rotten Tomatoes

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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.

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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)

The movie starts with the mysterious fighter standing on his head. Maybe it looks better that way.

May 21, 2003 | Full Review…

Classic Swayze, Unrelentless Action!

February 3, 2009 | Rating: 3/5

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
Conner Rainwater

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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
Ken Stachnik

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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
Dean McKenna

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