Steelyard Blues is an erratically amusing slapstick comedy about non-conformists.
Steelyard Blues is an erratically amusing slapstick comedy about non-conformists.Screenplay spotlights Donald Sutherland as ring-leader of some drop-outs which also include kid brother John Savage and Peter Boyle, who does a hilarious takeoff of Marlon Brando’s The Wild One image. Jane Fonda is the town hooker whose customers include most of the city hall, including Sutherland’s prime-adversary, his older brother Howard Hesseman, a politically ambitious DA. The drop-outs focus their energies on restoring an old US Navy amphibian plane, and their search for spare parts leads to a climactic raid on a nearby naval air station. Like many other films, this one suffers from a lingering late 1960s social-protest plot fibre, the result being an odd combination of nostalgia and anachronism.
Warner. Director Alan Myerson; Producer Tony Bill, Michael Phillips, Julia Phillips; Screenplay David S. Ward; Camera Laszlo Kovacs, Steven Larner; Editor Donn Cambern, Robert Grovenor; Music Nick Gravenites, Paul Butterfield, David Shire; Art Director Vincent Cresciman
(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1973. Running time: 92 MIN.
Jane Fonda Donald Sutherland Peter Boyle Garry Goodrow Howard Hesseman John Savage
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