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Steel (1979)

The construction of a steel skyscraper becomes a race against time and challenges the sanity of a building foreman and his crew.

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Steve Carver

Writers:

Leigh Chapman, Peter S. Davis (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Majors ... Mike Catton
Jennifer O'Neill ... Cass Cassidy
Art Carney ... Pignose Moran
Harris Yulin ... Eddie Cassidy
George Kennedy ... Big Lew Cassidy
Redmond Gleeson ... Harry
Terry Kiser ... Valentino
Richard Lynch ... Dancer
Ben Marley ... The Kid
Roger E. Mosley ... Lionel
Albert Salmi ... Tank
Robert Tessier ... Cherokee
Hunter von Leer ... Surfer
R.G. Armstrong ... Kellin
Joe De Nicola Joe De Nicola ... Tom
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Storyline

Mike Catton was once a world-renowned construction foreman (at least in the construction world), but an accident left him with a serious fear of heights. Unable to climb the big skyscrapers while under construction, he retired and became a truck driver. But when an old friend needs him to help put up a building, and when the old friend gets harassed and threatened by an Evil Corporate Type, he comes out of retirement and assembles the creme de la creme of the construction world. Together, they race against time to finish the building while the Evil Corporate Type tries to stop them. Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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No Adventure Has Ever Been Built This High See more »


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There was a scene that did not make into the movie that was filmed on South Broadway in-between Boots Hotel and a restaurant involving an intoxicated man with a bottle of Maker's Mark with a brown bag covering the bottle and he walks towards Lee Majors asking him for money while Majors is driving a white car. See more »

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Mike Catton: Nobody move! Cherokee's loose somewhere!
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Lee Majors is The Man of Steel........
22 December 2008 | by ballplayer270000See all my reviews

The Six Million Dollar Man plays The man of Steel. How perfect is that?! This movie took a place in Lee Majors' actual home town Kentucky. It was reported that they used actual under the construction building (Kincaid Tower) at the time and build the set on top roof of Eastern Kentucky University building for the shooting.

This was not critically claimed nor big box office hit, and yet it is the one of the best action drama Majors ever produced and stared. Steel surely shines in his life long acting career. It defines what kind of actor he was, and he had great qualities to play this type of role (well, best or worst). He was man's man, but not in egoistic way. He was the kind of the guy let his action speak itself, tough in both physically and mentally, and yet vulnerable, respect and honor his friends, trying to do the right thing.

Mike Catton (Lee Majors) as foreman gathers craziest crews in skyscraper business to fight against all odds to finish up the building to meet the deadline. It is race against time! I still love this 70's ultimate guy movie because it portraits what real American men were used to be like.

Majors made a couple of films such as Agency with late Robert Mitchum and The last Chase with Late Burgess Meredith after Steel. Those two films did not take off, and Majors came back with huge success of TV Fall Guy.

Finally, Lee Majors was not the only man of Steel in this movie. Steel features other men of Steel. Academy Award winners: Art Carney (Harry & Tonto) and George Kennedy (Cool Hand Luke) The film was dedicated for A.J. BAKUNIS who did stunt for George Kennedy's free fall scene from top of the building.

Steel is one of the 70's infamous movie that should be available on DVD.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 1979 (Sweden) See more »

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1.85 : 1
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