Steelyard Blues

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Steelyard Blues
Steelyard BluesPoster.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Alan Myerson
Produced by Tony Bill
Michael Phillips
Julia Phillips
Written by David S. Ward
Starring Donald Sutherland
Jane Fonda
Peter Boyle
Howard Hesseman
John Savage
Cinematography László Kovács
Stevan Larner
Edited by Robert Grovener
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date
  • January 31, 1973 (1973-01-31)
Running time
93 mins.
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1 million (US/ Canada rentals)[1]

Steelyard Blues is a 1973 American comedy crime film directed by Alan Myerson, starring Donald Sutherland, Jane Fonda and Peter Boyle.


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.


Alternate Title[edit]

In 1979, the film was broadcast on NBC under the title, Final Crash.[2][3]

Soundtrack listing[edit]

  • 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)


  1. ^ "Big Rental Films of 1973", Variety, January 9, 1974 p 60
  2. ^ October 13, 1979 listings for CHEK-TV, Victoria, British Columbia, in TV Guide, Eastern Washington State Edition, October 13–19, 1979.
  3. ^ Listings for KSD-TV from Radio-Info: "Retro: St. Louis Tues, July 31, 1979", July 31, 2012.

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