Cinema: Radical Chic

STEELYARD BLUES

Directed by ALAN MYERSON Screenplay by DAVID S. WARD

In Robert Aldrich's excellent The Flight of the Phoenix (1966), an ill-assorted group of renegades, soldiers, businessmen and misfits were marooned in the middle of a desert, their sole hope of survival being to somehow piece together their crashed plane. Steelyard Blues more or less rips off the same plot, but dispenses with suspense in favor of fey comedy and ragtag radicalism.

Donald Sutherland plays Jesse Veldini, a cheap crook and demolition-derby contestant with a pronounced contempt for private property. "I'm not a criminal, I'm an outlaw," he explains to his occasional paramour...

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