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Steel Toes (2007)

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Rage and intolerance collide with compassion Academy-Award nominated David Strathairn portrays Danny Dunkleman, a Jewish liberal humanist, and the court-appointed lawyer representing Mike ... See full summary »

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Mark Adam, David Gow

Writers:

David Gow (play), David Gow
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Strathairn ... Danny Dunkelman
Andrew W. Walker ... Michael Downey (as Andrew Walker)
Marina Orsini ... Anna Dunkelman
Ivana Shein ... Jill
Michael Rudder Michael Rudder ... Sam (as Mike Rudder)
Linda Smith Linda Smith ... Barabara
Ivan Smith ... Vikram
Aaron Grunfeld Aaron Grunfeld ... Young Danny
Joel Miller Joel Miller ... Danny's Father
Tom Rack Tom Rack ... Magistrate
Ron Lea ... Interviewer
Eric Vachon Eric Vachon ... Squeegie Punk
Daniel Tirado ... Hammer
Michael Yarmush Michael Yarmush ... Tong
Manjit Anand Manjit Anand ... Dahlia
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Rage and intolerance collide with compassion Academy-Award nominated David Strathairn portrays Danny Dunkleman, a Jewish liberal humanist, and the court-appointed lawyer representing Mike Downey, a Neo-Nazi Skinhead on trial for the racially motivated murder of an East Indian immigrant. Steel Toes takes us into the intense and fiery relationship that develops between these two men as they explore their emotional and intellectual differences. Steel Toes is a provocative exploration of the inescapable and insidious presence of racial and religious intolerance in our society. Written by monterey media/Galafilm

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Rage and intolerance collide with compassion

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a brutal attack and for language | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Monterey Media

Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 2007 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Acélbakancs See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Budget:

CAD 1,300,000 (estimated)
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Galafilm Productions See more »
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Color
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Principal photography took only 17 days. See more »

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Danny Dunckelman: These seven threads comprise a cloth: spirit, light, time, space, birth, death, and the seventh thread, which is the mystery of the universe. This seventh thread is also the opposite of spirit, the opposite of light, the opposite of time, the opposite of space, the opposite of birth, the opposite of death. The seven threaded dimensional cloth, which is the very fabric of the unnameable. The fabric extending out from any point of our universe. This movement, this animation, this ...
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great acting, play powerful but also overwrought
26 April 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Mike Downey (Andrew Walker) is a white supremacist skinhead. He is arrested for beating up an immigrant as a hate crime. Liberal Jew Danny Dunkelman (David Strathairn) is assigned as his defense lawyer. Mike is a young angry man. Danny is confronted by family and friends. Both struggle to come to terms with their beliefs.

This is mostly a two person play. Strathairn is a class act and his greatness is expected. Andrew Walker is equally amazing. As for the play, some parts of it is poignant while other parts feel overwrought. It's walking on a knife's edge. The movie has both types of moments. It can be powerful one moment and fake the next. It's definitely pushing its agenda very hard and it can feel preachy. Some of it feel fake and rubs me the wrong way.


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