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Steelyard Blues (1973)

A group of misfits decide to leave for a place that they can all be free. Their mode of transportation is a PBY flying boat. The only problem is that the PBY needs a lot of work and they ... See full summary »

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Alan Myerson

Writer:

David S. Ward
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Stewart ... Black Man in Jail
Donald Sutherland ... Jesse Veldini
Howard Hesseman ... Frank Veldin
Morgan Upton ... Bill the Police Captain
Peter Boyle ... Eagle Thornberry
Jessica Myerson ... Savage Rose
Beans Morocco Beans Morocco ... Rocky (as Dan Barrows)
John Savage ... The Kid
Jane Fonda ... Iris Caine
Nancy Fish ... Pool Hall Waitress
Roger Bowen ... Fire Commissioner Francis
Garry Goodrow Garry Goodrow ... Duval Jax
Lynette Bernay Lynette Bernay ... Bar Waitress
Richard Schaal ... Mel the Zoo Official
Edward Greenberg Edward Greenberg ... Rookie Cop
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Storyline

A group of misfits decide to leave for a place that they can all be free. Their mode of transportation is a PBY flying boat. The only problem is that the PBY needs a lot of work and they will need jobs to pay for the parts. When they find that they have only 10 days before the PBY is sold for scrap, they decide on borrowing the parts for their trip. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Eagle, Verdini, Iris, Duval and The Kid. They're not criminals...just outlaws. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1973 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Final Crash See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Actually filmed in 1971, shortly after Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland had co-starred in the very different "Klute", but not released anywhere until 1973. Fonda and Sutherland, who were briefly a real-life romantic item around that time, were also involved in "The FTA Show", an entertainment touring towns in the US with military bases nearby; the show was a satirical event protesting the Vietnam war. Several other people connected with "Steelyard Blues" were also involved, notably actor Peter Boyle. See more »

Goofs

During the scene at the airfield when Eagle is dressed as a soldier and is shooting arrows, he is heard saying "Up yours, Kraut!" but his lip movements clearly don't match the "up yours" part. See more »

Quotes

Iris Caine: If I help Frank keep Veldini straight, I'm off the hook.
Iris' Friend: Where does that leave Veldini then?
Iris Caine: Out on the street - for awhile, anyway.
Iris' Friend: Come on, Frank's a cop.
Iris Caine: I can take care of him. He used to be a John.
Iris' Friend: Was he any any good?
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Crazy Credits

The Committee is in the opening cast list See more »

Alternate Versions

When originally broadcast on NBC in 1979, the film was retitled "The Final Crash". See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Brooklyn Banker (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Being Different Never Been a Crime
Written by Nick Gravenites and Mike Bloomfield (as Michael Bloomfield)
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Old time Charm
2 March 2001 | by none-102See all my reviews

A film that holds up much better than its original reviews would let on. Although Fonda looks a bit disoriented at moments, there are a couple of scenes between her and Sutherland where the two simply radiate the star power that made them famous. Overall the film has a charm and warmth to it that, despite a little clumsyness at times, still makes it very much worthwhile and displays an interesting idiosyncratic type of humor and counterculture charm we haven't seen much of in recent years.

Not a must-see on a saturday night, but a precious gem for the connoisseur.


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