Steel Dawn

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Steel Dawn
DVD cover
Directed by Lance Hool
Produced by Conrad Hool
Edgar Bold
Lance Hool
Written by Doug Lefler
Starring Patrick Swayze
Lisa Niemi
Anthony Zerbe
Brion James
Christopher Neame
Music by Brian May
Cinematography George Tirl
Editing by Mark Conte
Distributed by Vestron, Inc.
Release dates
  • November 6, 1987 (1987-11-06)
Running time 100 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Steel Dawn is a 1987 American post-apocalyptic feature film, with elements of western science fiction.


An enigmatic swordsman named Nomad (Patrick Swayze), wanders through the remains of a post-World War III world. He travels the desert, in search of his mentor's killer, the assassin Sho (Christopher Neame).

The war itself is never described, but there are hints that a new government rose soon afterwards. Nomad had a position of privilege as a soldier and as part of the elite guard assigned with protecting the upper heads of the new government. Since firearms are no longer available, edged weapons have been revived as the standard fighting tools. The elite guard mastered the use of swords and carried them in an unusual, upright fashion. Eventually, the post-war government collapsed as well and Nomad retired to run a farm with his family.

Nomad runs into a group of settlers in the town of Meridian. Damnil (Anthony Zerbe), a local landowner, and his gang are attacking the town to gain a monopoly on the local water supply. Nomad stays at a local farm owned by Kasha (Lisa Niemi) who is Nomad's love interest (and Swayze's real life wife). Nomad teams up with Kasha's foreman Tark to become Meridian's "peacekeepers" to defend the town against Damnil and his forces, as well as giving him the opportunity to avenge his mentor's death at the hands of Sho.


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