|Directed by||Alan Myerson|
|Written by||David S. Ward|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|Running time||93 mins.|
|Box office||$1 million (US/ Canada rentals)|
Tagline: If you can't beat 'em ... drive 'em crazy!
It concerns the lives of a group of misfits trying to find a happier life against the norms of society. Sutherland plays an ex-con with a passion for demolition derbies. He has wrecked almost every possible car, but violates his parole when confronted by a 1950 Studebaker. This embarrasses his brother, a politically ambitious district attorney (Howard Hesseman, in an unlikely respectable role). Fonda plays a prostitute with an off-on relationship with Sutherland's character. The gang tries to get an old Consolidated PBY Catalina plane flying, and much humor ensues.
The film is notable for reprising the Fonda-Sutherland pairing, featured initially in the 1971 film Klute.
- Mel Stewart - Black Man in Jail
- Donald Sutherland - Jesse Veldini
- Howard Hesseman - Frank Veldini
- Morgan Upton - Police Capt. Bill
- Peter Boyle - Eagle Thornberry
- Jessica Myerson - Savage Rose
- Beans Morocco - Rocky (as Dan Barrows)
- John Savage - Kid
- Jane Fonda - Iris Caine
- Nancy Fish - Pool Hall Waitress
- Roger Bowen - Fire Commissioner Francis
- Garry Goodrow - Duval Jax
- Lynette Bernay - Bar Waitress
- Richard Schaal - Zoo Official Mel
- Edward Greenberg - Rookie Cop
Because Fonda, Sutherland and Boyle were active in anti-war activities when this movie was made, it seems that Steelyard Blues was not given a wide release or much publicity. Nevertheless, it is memorable for its portrayal of oddball characters, and found a warm reception among college students and non-conformists. With its anti-establishment message and hip soundtrack by musicians Mike Bloomfield, Paul Butterfield, Nick Gravenites, Maria Muldaur and others, it is an iconic seventies film.
- 1. Swing With It
- 2. Brand New Family
- 3. Woman's Love
- 4. Make The Headlines
- 5. Georgia Blues
- 6. My Bag (The Oysters)
- 7. Common Ground
- 8. Being Different
- 9. I've Been Searching
- 10. Do I Care
- 11. Lonesome Star Blues
- 12. Here I Come (There She Goes)
- 13. If You Cared
- 14. Theme From Steelyard Blues (Drive Again)
- "Big Rental Films of 1973", Variety, January 9, 1974 p 60
- October 13, 1979 listings for CHEK-TV, Victoria, British Columbia, in TV Guide, Eastern Washington State Edition, October 13–19, 1979.
- Listings for KSD-TV from Radio-Info: "Retro: St. Louis Tues, July 31, 1979", July 31, 2012.