Steel Dawn is an action film from the year 1987.
Set in a post-apocalyptic Desert Punk Scavenger World, the movie follows a quiet man named Nomad, who on his travels runs on to Cord, one of his war buddies. Cord tells him he has been appointed to be the "peacemaker" to the town of Median. They are suddenly attacked by Sho and his cronies, who have been hired by Damnil to make sure that he is the only commanding presence in the area.
Cord is killed, and Nomad vows for revenge. He then sets out for Median, where he meets Determined Homesteader Kasha and her son Jux. As he becomes closer and closer to them, the day of reckoning closes in...
And if the summary doesn't make it clear, this film rips its plot from the classic western Shane.
This film contains the examples of:
- Drowning My Sorrows: Tark hits the bottle when he starts to be overshadowed by Nomad.
- Dual Wielding: Sho fights with two daggers.
- '80s Hair: Mullets are everywhere.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: Nomad's swordfighting style includes a lot of spinning.
- Faceless Goons: The "Half-Men" who attack Nomad in the opening.
- Hidden Weapons: Sho has a hidden knee-dagger for tighter spots in battle. Nomad has a knife hidden in his boot.
- Leave Him to Me: Sho doesn't like it when others interfere with his fights.
- Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: Sho acts like a fair fighter, but he always resorts to dirty tactics.
- Lock-and-Load Montage: Shown when Nomad prepares himself for the showdown with Sho and Damnil.
- Percussive Prevention: Kasha locks Nomad up to prevent him fighting Damnil.
- Viking Funeral: Nomad burns Cord's body in a funeral pyre.