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Steelyard Blues is a 1973 American comedy crime film directed by Alan Myerson and starring Donald Sutherland, Jane Fonda and Peter Boyle.

Steelyard Blues
Steelyard BluesPoster.jpg
Film poster
Directed byAlan Myerson
Produced byTony Bill
Michael Phillips
Julia Phillips
Written byDavid S. Ward
StarringDonald Sutherland
Jane Fonda
Peter Boyle
Howard Hesseman
John Savage
CinematographyLászló Kovács
Stevan Larner
Edited byRobert Grovener
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • January 31, 1973 (1973-01-31)
Running time
93 mins.
CountryUnited States
Box office$1 million (US/ Canada rentals)[1]


It concerns the lives of a group of misfits trying to find a happier life against the norms of society. Sutherland plays an ex-con with a passion for demolition derbies. He has wrecked almost every possible car, but violates his parole when confronted by a 1950 Studebaker. This embarrasses his brother, a politically ambitious district attorney (Howard Hesseman, in an unlikely respectable role). Fonda plays a prostitute with an off-on relationship with Sutherland's character. The gang tries to get an old Consolidated PBY Catalina plane flying, and much humor ensues.


Alternate titleEdit

In 1979, the film was broadcast on NBC under the title, Final Crash.[2][3]

Soundtrack albumEdit

All tracks written by Nick Gravenites and Mike Bloomfield, except where indicated.

Side OneEdit

  1. "Swing With It"
  2. "Brand New Family"
  3. "Woman's Love"
  4. "Make the Headlines"
  5. "Georgia Blues" (Maria Muldaur/Bloomfield/Gravenites)
  6. "My Bag (The Oysters)"
  7. "Common Ground"

Side TwoEdit

  1. "Being Different"
  2. "I've Been Searching"
  3. "Do I Care" (Merl Saunders/Muldaur)
  4. "Lonesome Star Blues" (Maria Muldaur)
  5. "Here I Come (There She Goes)"
  6. "If You Cared"
  7. "Theme from Steelyard Blues (Drive Again)"

Performers: John Kahn, Chris Parker, Merl Saunders, Annie Sampson, Mike Bloomfield, Maria Muldaur, Nick Gravenites, Paul Butterfield


  1. ^ "Big Rental Films of 1973", Variety, January 9, 1974 p 60
  2. ^ October 13, 1979 listings for CHEK-TV, Victoria, British Columbia, in TV Guide, Eastern Washington State Edition, October 13–19, 1979.
  3. ^ Listings for KSD-TV from Radio-Info: "Retro: St. Louis Tues, July 31, 1979", July 31, 2012.

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