Steelyard Blues (1973) - Rotten Tomatoes

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.

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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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Critic Reviews for Steelyard Blues

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

An erratically amusing slapstick comedy about non-conformists.

August 18, 2008 | Full Review…

Perhaps the best American comedy since The President's Analyst, mainly because its humour is never imposed, but allowed to develop from the situations in which the characters find themselves.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

I like its earnestness, its brow furrowed with mission.

May 9, 2005 | Full Review…

A laid-back, indifferently directed ode to non-conformity.

December 10, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

An absolutely worthless, interminable piece of work...

December 2, 2010 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Steelyard Blues


A definite artifact of its time this terribly dated and pointless nonsense wastes many fine actors. A lot of the musical score is reminiscent of Smokey and the Bandit, hardly the spirit the movie seems to be going for although the film is so obtuse its hard to say what the actual point is. Jane's wig looks like a poodle climbed on her head and fell asleep, this could be her worst film.

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