Steel Dawn is a science fiction-based, post-apocalyptic film directed by Lance Hool and written by Doug Lefler. The film was released in 1987. Steel Dawn stars Nomad, a mysterious swordsman played by Patrick Swayze, living in a world torn apart by war. After the war ends, a new commanding government comes into power. Nomad serves as a warrior and member of a specially trained team of watchmen charged with the task of guarding the administration's leaders. But because all modern weaponry was destroyed in the war, swords and other sharpened weapons are now the tools used in battle. Over time, Nomad and the other soldiers became highly skilled in the art of swordsmanship. Ultimately, though, the new government falls, and Nomad leaves the service to become a farmer.
Nomad spends his days walking through the ruins and deserts of this war-ravaged society in a quest to track down a man named Sho, played by Christopher Neame. Sho is the killer who murdered Nomad's teacher. In his travels, Nomad ventures to a town called Meridian, where he encounters a band of colonists. Damnil, played by Anthony Zerbe, is a property owner from a neighboring area who is attacking Meridian with his followers to try to gain control of the area's only water source. Nomad lives at a farm in town owned by a woman named Kasha, played by Lisa Niemi. He joins forces with Kasha's supervisor, Tark, to maintain order in the town and protect it against the advances of Damnil and his followers. He also seeks retribution for his teacher's murder.
Steel Dawn was produced by Edgar Bold, Conrad Hool and Lance Hool. The film stars Brion James, Christopher Neame, Lisa Niemi, Patrick Swayze and Anthony Zerbe. Steel Dawn runs for 100 minutes. The film was distributed by Vestron, Inc.