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Steel (1997)

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Kenneth Johnson

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About the Movie

Basketball superstar Shaquille O'Neal ("Kazaam") sheds his hi-tops for a dazzling suit of battle armor as the latest and greatest DC Comics superhero to wage war on crime. When evil scientist Judd Nelson ("Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back," "The Breakfast Club") begins selling top-secret weapons to LA's street gangs, former military researcher Shaq joins forces with a brilliant electronics expert to build an invincible suit of armor. Layered in his magnetic metal sheath and armed with his own hi-tech weaponry, Shaq transforms into his mythic alter-ego, "Steel." From a secret command center, Steel sets out on a high-powered silver motorcycle to confront Nelson and rid the city of crime. Co-starring Annabeth Gish ("Double Jeopardy," "Nixon") and the original urban crime-fighter, Richard Roundtree ("Shaft," "Seven"). Directed by multiple Emmy-winner Kenneth Johnson (TV's "Incredible Hulk," TV's "V"). Produced by Oscar, Emmy and Grammy-winning producer/composer/performer, Quincy Jones.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 26
  • Fresh: 3
  • Rotten: 23
  • Average Rating: 3.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Slow to gather momentum and generates little excitement or tension. – Lawrence Van Gelder, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Rotten: Its protagonist is good-natured, wholesome, devoid of moral flaws and acutely civic-conscious. But good intentions aren't good enough, and this Shaq attack is too broad and episodic to attract anything other than the most undemanding crowd. – Leonard Klady, Variety, Jul 12, 2010

Rotten: The Los Angeles Lakers' center, at 7-foot-1, is appealing and breathes much needed large life into a tolerable stinker of a film. – Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle, Mar 7, 2001

Rotten: The concept may not be bad, but there are times when the execution borders on embarassing. – James Berardinelli, ReelViews, Sep 16, 2006

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Customer Reviews


Shaq's the man. He should have had a cape, the S shield, and been able to fly. The suit was pretty awful as well. Other than that, the movie was solid.


His suit is rubber. it's called steel not rubber. these are just some comics you can't make into a movie

Never should have been made

1997 wasn't a good for superhero movies. Why? Because this movie came out the same year as "Batman & Robin". And not only did people say the Batman Franchise was dead, but when this movie came out, people said that the superhero movie was dead as well.
First of all, why would someone want to make a movie about a supporting character in the Superman Franchise? Was Steel already that popular? One thing's for sure: this isn't Steel. Everything about this character is done wrong. The costume looks gay, and as much I like Shaquille O"Neil, I don't think he's good at acting (big surprise). He rarely changes his facial expressions and the tone of his voice.
Aside from that, this movie has the wrong type of music. It sounds like this movie is trying to appeal to black audiences. Not only that, but it has boring "action sequences". Like this scene where Shaq is chasing a guy through slow moving freight trains. So if you're a fan of this character, read the comics.

Steel (1997)
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 1997

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