Steel Toes

Steel Toes

Director: Mark Adam, David Gow Cast: David Strathairn, Andrew W. Walker


Academy award nominee David Strathairn stars in co-directors David Gow and Mark Adam's fiery tale of a Jewish, court appointed lawyer assigned the task of defending a murderous neo-Nazi skinhead. David Dunkleman (Strathairn) is a Jewish liberal humanist and a lawyer who works for the court system. Mike Downey (Andrew Walker) is a fierce member of the Aryan brotherhood who stands accused of a brutal, racially motivated murder. Now, behind prison walls, these two disparate souls will clash in the ultimate struggle of ideology as Dunkleman boldly attempts top put his professional beliefs before his personal beliefs, and his client clings to the hate that now threatens to consume both men from the inside out .

Product Details

Release Date: 09/04/2007
UPC: 0012233336627
Original Release: 2007
Rating: R
Source: Monterey Video
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:30:00

Special Features

Actor bios; Interviews:; David Strathirn; Andrew Walker; Perri Gorrara; Michel-Paul Belisle; From the director; Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Strathairn Actor
Andrew W. Walker Actor
Marina Orsini Actor
Ivan Smith Actor

Technical Credits
Mark Adam Director,Cinematographer,Editor
David Gow Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Francine Allaire Executive Producer
Rosina Bucci Casting
Arnie Gelbart Executive Producer
David Gertsman Sound/Sound Designer
Perri Gorrara Production Designer
Benoit Groulx Score Composer
Jean-Philippe Hebert Art Director
Bobby O'Malley Sound/Sound Designer
Theresa Piercy Associate Producer
Susan Shanks Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Steel Toes
1. Scene 1 [:10]
2. Scene 2 [3:03]
3. Scene 3 [13:46]
4. Scene 4 [4:49]
5. Scene 5 [10:20]
6. Scene 6 [3:38]
7. Scene 7 [3:08]
8. Scene 8 [8:59]
9. Scene 9 [4:31]
10. Scene 10 [25:31]
11. Scene 11 [5:19]
12. Scene 12 [4:25]

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Steel Toes 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
STEEL TOES is yet another low budget, independent film that unfortunately will not find the large audience it so justly deserves except by word of mouth publicity. It is available now as a DVD, complete with significant extra features, and is one of the more powerful statements about hate crimes, understanding intolerance, and the journey toward compassion this viewer has seen. It is adapted from the original play by its author, David Gow, and benefits from the fact that David Strathairn, who created the role on stage in Philadelphia, and repeats his performance on screen, subtly embodies the lead character Danny Dunkelman. The title, STEEL TOES, is derived from the name of the combat boots worn by Skinheads, the band of racially intolerant men who strive to re-enact the tenets of Nazi theories. The film opens in Montreal with a group of these warriors, led by Mike (Andrew Walker in a career-making performance) who gruesomely kicks an Indian man repeatedly for no apparent reason except racial hatred. Mike is arrested, placed in prison, and faces a charge of homicide when the hospitalized Indian man dies of his wounds. Danny Dunkelman is the court appointed lawyer assigned to defend Mike. Danny is Jewish and acknowledges a loathing for Skinheads and it is the confrontation between Danny and Mike that polarizes the story between two men who innately hate the symbol each stands for. Danny is a committed humanist and tries to overcome his prejudice by carefully preparing Mike for hi courtroom appearance. Likewise, Mike for the first time begins to gain insight into the misguided life he has chosen, finding Danny a man whose compassion shows through his belief system and is the only chance Mike has for avoiding a long prison term for manslaughter. One key and poignant aspect of the case is the document the Indian man made before he died, a statement of his loss of sight, ability to walk or sit resulting form the brutal beating he received from Mike, and yet it is a call for compassion and forgiveness he makes just before he dies. Danny repeatedly makes Mike read this document until a change occurs - a climax in a story and in a relationship that is one of the more significantly powerful ever filmed. This is essentially a two-character story, though in making it cinematically fleshed out some additional characters are added. But the impact of the story comes shining through the economy of the prison cell set and from the impeccable performances by both Strathairn and Walker. It is a brilliant work of writing, acting, directing, filming and sound that bespeaks the strongest aspects of committed ensemble work. It is quite frankly a film everyone who cares about the future of humanity should see. If there is any justice in the industry it will not be overlooked at Oscar time. Highly recommended. Grady Harp