Hands of Steel

Overview

In a complex sci-fi tale set at some point in the not-too-distant future, an evil industrialist named Francis Turner John Saxon has created Paco Querak Daniel Greene, a cyborg who is 70% robot and 30% human. Paco has been programmed to murder a blind ecologist whose environmental activism does not sit well with Turner's bottom-line motivation. But once he is set up to do his job, the 30% human component in Paco only permits him to injure the ecologist, not kill him. With the local police and eventually just about...
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Overview

In a complex sci-fi tale set at some point in the not-too-distant future, an evil industrialist named Francis Turner John Saxon has created Paco Querak Daniel Greene, a cyborg who is 70% robot and 30% human. Paco has been programmed to murder a blind ecologist whose environmental activism does not sit well with Turner's bottom-line motivation. But once he is set up to do his job, the 30% human component in Paco only permits him to injure the ecologist, not kill him. With the local police and eventually just about everyone else after him, Paco detours to Arizona to look for his true identity.
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Special Features

Fullscreen presentation; English 2.0 (Dolby Digital); Digitally mastered; Interactive menus; Scene selection
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Though the cyborg theme suggests a Terminator knockoff, Hands Of Steel is actually a late entry in Italy's early 1980's cycle of post-apocalyptic action flicks. It's a decent time-killer for b-movie fans, with a surprisingly involved storyline that mixes in some unique plot detours (for instance, a couple of arm wrestling competitions!) along with the expected adventure stuff. The southwestern setting gives it a unique flavor and Sergio Martino (using the pseudonym of "Martin Dolman") does a decent job of delivering plentiful action on a shoestring budget: his best moment might be a scene where the hero has to fend off gun-toting assassins while also fighting a pair of disguised cyborgs in close quarters. In terms of acting, former soap star Daniel Greene is a bit stone-faced as the half-robot hero but that seems oddly appropriate for the part. He's also given nice support from a cast of Euro-cult stalwarts: Janet Agren makes a suitably sultry love interest, George Eastman steals a few scenes as a truck-driving bad guy and John Saxon does his usual professional job as the main industrialist villain. The end results are frequently silly (it takes the police a really long time to figure out they're hunting a cyborg).but never dull. In short, Hands Of Steel is strictly for the b-movie audience but they're likely to enjoy its low-budget fun.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/6/2007
  • UPC: 692865394334
  • Original Release: 1986
  • Rating:

  • Source: Trinity Home Ent
  • Time: 1:34:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Daniel Greene Paco Querak
Janet Agren Linda
John Saxon Francis Turner
George Eastman Raoul Fernandez
Amy Werba Dr. Peckinpaugh
Claudio Cassinelli
Robert Ben
pat Monti
Andrew Louis Coppola
Donal O'Brien
Technical Credits
Sergio Martino Director, Screenwriter
Paul Callmard Special Effects
Robert Callmard Special Effects
Lewis Clanelli Screenwriter
John Crowther Screenwriter
Alan Devgen Editor
Giancario Ferrando Cinematographer
John McFerrand Cinematographer
Elizabeth Parker Screenwriter
Saul Sasha Screenwriter
Claudio Simonetti Score Composer
Sergio Stivaletti Special Effects
Elio Terry Special Effects
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Fugitive Lovers
1. Pool Service [17:24]
2. Coming My Way [26:26]
3. Got Problems? [26:59]
4. She Is All Yours [22:32]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Fugitive Lovers
   Play Movie
   Scene Selection
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