Steel Arena

1973

Action / Drama / Sport

112
IMDb Rating 5.5 10 35

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Reviewed by emm 7 / 10 / 10

A killer display of death-defying stunts in this overlooked drama.

With a cast of real professional daredevils and enough damaging demolition, STEEL ARENA is an amusingly fun time with a simple plot. The focus is on true-life daredevil Dusty Russell, who risks his life and limb by attempting record-breaking divebombs in his career. And he successfully does them, too! Amazing! There's some exciting (although brief) stunts like the infamous "T-bone" and rollover crashes and the fire ring. Watch Dusty attempt to jump 100 feet into the air! Don't expect this to be a documentary, though. At least the daredevils can act alright. I had no idea whether Dusty survived the film's last stunt or not, for the end is quite solemn. There hasn't been a film like it, with the possible exception of EVEL KNIEVEL. It may have been aged, but it's definitely worth seeing wherever you can find it.

Reviewed by Disco-J 8 / 10 / 10

Truly, One Of A Kind!!

Steel Arena is truly a one of a kind film. It is the only film I can recall seeing where all of the actors do their own stunts and these are truly death-defying stunts! Dusty Russell, Buddy Love, they're all great! The film is about Dusty a great stunt driver taking a job with the Circus of Death along with his friend Buddy Love. Crash (another stunt performer) gets jealous and tries to undermine Dusty in his stunts. The movie has an open-end where Dusty tries to break a world record by diving 100 feet in his car! You should try to rent it if you want to find out what happens. This movie is a masterpiece.

Reviewed by Woodyanders 8 / 10 / 10

A fun little semi-documentary on daredevils

Writer/director Mark Lester's immensely enjoyable Southern-fried 70's drive-in yarn spins the semi-autobiographical tale of Dusty Russell, a former moonshine runner turned acclaimed professional automobile daredevil who made his name jumping over an increasingly large number of cars in the traveling daredevil show "Circus of Death." Russell's eagerness and fearlessness wins the respect and approval of his fellow daredevils with the exception of jealous washed-up has-been Dangerous Dan Carter, who sparks a bitter rivalry with Russell which leads to a tragic ending. Lester, who got his start making documentaries, relates this very basic and uncomplicated story in a spare, minimalist, unaffected verite style: John Arthur Morrill's plain cinematography, Don Tweedy's judiciously applied jaunty country folk score, the leisurely pacing, the relaxed, unmannered acting from a cast who mostly play themselves, and the straightforwardly presented daredevil stunts lend this picture a most disarming and effective quasi-documentary aura. The car stunts are every bit as exciting and nerve-rattling as they ought to be. The movie's vivid, evenly balanced portrait of the tight camaraderie, macho gamesmanship, occasional dreary lulls between shows and crazy feats of cocky daring-do that are significant components of the daredevil lifestyle neither glorifies nor vilifies said lifestyle. Real-life ace World Champion daredevils Russell, Carter, Buddy Love, Dutch "Atom Man" Schnitzer, Big Tim Welch, Speed Stearns (who subsequently appeared in "Joyride to Nowhere"), and Ed "Chromedome" Ryan do their harrowing white-knuckle stunts with commendable bravery, while Gene Drew gives a funny, robust performance as the show's gruff, irascible, motor-mouthed owner (Drew also acted in both "Truck Stop Women" and "Bobbie Jo and the Outlaw" for Lester). This breezy, amiable ode to bold, brash, red-blooded all-American male recklessness, restlessness, and gallantry would make an ideal double feature with the equally cool "Death Riders."

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