User Reviews (15)

  • kergillian12 February 2001
    4/10
    Even Adam Ant and Sharon Stone's breasts couldn't save this film
    Adam Ant rocked. He always does. Sharon Stone played Sharon Stone (I forgive her for her poor acting, the part was *horridly* written. She deserved better.) Jonathan Banks was fairly good as the evil Iceman (who comes up with these names??), but with better writing he would have been far more impressive. Bad writing sums this film up. And Brad Davis' flat acting and monotonous character didn't help the matter much. There were some really amusing scenes (including the battle with the drinks machine, and the bad fish episode;), and some really fun artillery. And of course, the red-blooded male in me enjoyed seeing the lovely Sharon Stone baring all in her pre-gravity days. But it wasn't enough to save this second-rate CHiPs wannabe. 4/10.
  • Nick Drew10 October 2006
    3/10
    Fairly week thriller that basically plays out like a cable TV movie.
    Brad Davis plays a cop here tracking down his fathers killer, and on occasion has various encounters with defiant vending machines. Jonathan Banks shows his versatility by giving the same dry performance were all accustomed to, despite an unusual vocal disposition. Oh, and then there's Sharon Stone,…no surprises here. Director Puzo tries to show some visual flair with gravity defying slow-motion car jump's, a la' Blues Brothers, and it comes off just as silly. The films sports cliché' locations and situations, routine acting, and the occasional twist here and there, but really, nothing ever leaves the realm of the status quo. Even the off-casting of Adam Ant couldn't help rise this mediocre entry above it's ilk.
  • sol21 July 2004
    6/10
    Brad Davis leaves no Stone unturned in this hot LA police action flick
    ****SPOILERS**** Brad Davis, Johnny Modine, in a 1987 cop thriller set in LA with him looking for the killer of his dad Sam Modine, William Lanteau, and finds a whole lot more then he bargained for in the process.

    The movie "Cold Steel" has the distinction of being the first and last film directed by Mario Puzo's, who wrote "The Godfather", daughter Dorothy Ann Puzo. Being a first-time directed film it isn't exactly a modern Film-Noir classic or top-flight police action drama but it is quite watchable. The pacing by Ann does move the movie along with a number of shoot outs and an incredible car chase scene that ends up, in of all places, at a racetrack. The final scene in the film with Johnny having it out with the bad-guy in the movie Jonathan Banks, Issac the Iceman, and his mob at the new LA Police Headquarters construction site is a real thriller. The climatic and exciting scene is as good as anything that you'll see in films similar to "Cold Steel" like "Die Hard".

    Brad Davis though very likable in his role as policeman Johnny Modine is a bit off when it comes to being a tough and expert law enforcement officer.You can forgive Johnny early in the movie when he's a bit too aggressive with a robber he arrested at a grocery store in the police station. It was days after his father was murdered and Johnny wasn't exactly interested in following the law by the letter where a person is innocent until being proved guilty, as well as him only being the cop not the judge and jury. But Johnny falling for Kathy Connors, Sharon Stone, who walked into his life, or bar, and practically threw herself at him should have been something that Johnny should have been very suspicious of. Johnny should have known that the drop dead gorgeous looking Kathy wasn't exactly interested in his striking good looks as well as his very refined social graces. Johnny was almost on the floor slouching on a chair at the bar drunk when Kathy first met him.

    It later turned out that Kathy had a very personal reason to get to know Johnny and become very friendly with him, and it wasn't love at first sight, in order to set him up for the kill by Issac who murdered his father. Sharon Stone has a much broader range of acting then you would have expected her to have in a B-movie like "Cold Steel" and showed the talent she had back then, in 1987, that later made her one of the top ranking actresses in motion pictures that she later became.

    Everybody in the movie seemed to be really enjoying themselves in their roles and it showed on the screen with the film never bogging down and becoming boring. The big secret in the movie about Issac killing Johnnies father as well as Issac's connection with Kathy who's brother Eddie, Michael Warren, was a major factor in her allying herself with him. Kathy trying to kill Johnny was a bit strange and unusual but still interesting and did make sense, to Kathy at least.

    Jonathan Banks' Issac was a better then average psycho drug addicted killer but the idea of giving him a gang, when he would have been better as a lone killer, who's job seemed to be committing robberies to get money to buy Issac drugs was a bit far fetched to say the least. The reason for that was because he didn't want anyone to see his face! That's what Issac kept saying over and over in the movie. If anyone did like Johnnies father and the Fishman, Ron Karabatsos, Issac murdered them as if he were some very well known and wanted criminal who would be recognized by anyone as soon as they saw him! Yet both Johnnies father and the Fishman, who were killed by him, had no idea who the heck Issac was when they saw him!

    It was sad to see Brad Davis in one of his last movies before he died of AIDS in 1991 and realize what a great talent he was and how many good films and theater performances he would have giving the public had he lived. The movie "Cold Steel" is a fair and modest action film but it didn't give Brad, who did the best he could with his role in the movie, the opportunity to show the public the fine actor that he really was.
  • wes-connors30 July 2011
    5/10
    Bad Manners and Good Physique
    After his father is slashed to death on Christmas Eve, handsome Los Angeles policeman Brad Davis (as Johnny Modine) embarks on the inevitable. While pursuing meth-addicted Jonathan Banks (as Isaac), Mr. Davis gets sexy Sharon Stone (as Kathy Connors) to show a little skin. The hero is supported by buddy Jay Acovone (as Cookie) and former glam / new wave rocker Adam Ant (as Mick) helps the villain. A flashback reveals some violent silliness triggered the plot. We get a good chase scene, with plenty of crashing. "The Godfather" writer's rarely seen daughter Dorothy Ann Puzo directed.

    ***** Cold Steel (12/11/87) Dorothy Ann Puzo ~ Brad Davis, Sharon Stone, Jonathan Banks, Adam Ant
  • uds312 June 2002
    Cold reception!
    Thats what it received from critics and audiences alike . Except for the over the top violence quota, COLD STEEL is a revenge cop caper more suited to television than general release, which was at best - limited to say the least.

    Jonathan Banks, a Frank Stallone look-alike of sorts, gives us a hammy performance as Iceman, who knocks off Brad Davis's dad who understandably then, carries a grudge against the knife-wielding maniac until the last scene.

    Sharon Stone's contribution is negligible except for her figure and regularly thrust-forward breasts! Not a solitary viewer's life could be greatly enriched by watching this under-achiever of a movie.
  • paullouis28 December 2003
    1/10
    Must see movie!
    This movie is an absolute must see for all true film fans. A wonderfully entertaining one and a half hour cliche fest. From the ludicrously over the top car chases, to the hackneyed dialogue, wholly predictable plot "twists" and diabolical attempts at comedy there's always something to laugh at (though never with). This film deserves to be a mainstay of drinking games, just go to one of the movie cliche websites, print off a list of the cop movie cliches and drink whenever one appears. If that's not enough to get you completely hammered you could always try downing your drink whenever Brad Davis's character seems to completely forget the fact that his father's just been murdered. Cold Steel is brilliant if enjoyed as a spoof or as a chance to get drunk. As a film, however...

    0/5
  • John Seal31 May 1999
    2/10
    An appalling example of bad filmmaking
    Cold Steel is one of the most atrocious crime films I've ever seen. It's little more than a tv movie of the week with foul language, and it's badly written to boot. Sharon Stone ends Cold Steel with the immortal line, "I hate sushi". Perhaps 'screenwriter' Moe Quigley is one of Joe Eszterhas' biggest influences.

    Avoid at all costs.
  • Polymath10 June 1999
    2/10
    Just awful
    Hackneyed dialogue, every cop show cliche you can think of, car chases that defy physics, a boom mike in the apartment, ill-timed "humorous" scenes, and a predictable ending. Adam Ant turns in a respectable performance but everyone else falls flat. See it if you're a diehard Sharon Stone fan but otherwise the movie offers nothing you haven't seen a hundred (thousand?) times before.
  • Woodyanders22 November 2006
    8/10
    A bloody, gritty and quite good cops vs. killers crime action thriller
    Warning: Spoilers
    Brad Davis gives a strong and convincing performance as Johnny Modine, a tough, reckless cop who's determined to find the killer of his beloved father. Said killer turns out to be a truly nasty and scary piece of psychotic work named Iceman (a marvelously maniacal and menacing portrayal by Jonathan Banks), a ferocious, grotesquely disfigured, venomous and vindictive ex-cop turned murderous filthbag hoodlum who speaks in a creepy, droning, tinny rasp because he has a metal voice box in his throat, mainlines methedrone, and has a personal score to settle with Johnny. Capably directed by Dorothy Ann Puzo (the daughter of "The Godfather" author Mario Puzo), with a constant snappy pace, slick, if rather grainy cinematography by Thomas F. Denove, several exciting action sequences (a pull-out-all-the-stops frenetic car chase is the definite highlight), some rough and grisly violence, a trashy'n'thrashy head-banging 80's rock score by David A. Jackson, and sound acting from a sturdy cast, "Cold Steel" delivers the stirring goods in a most efficient and satisfying manner. A pre-stardom (and smoking hot) Sharon Stone lends fine support as a sultry quasi-femme fatale while both 80's rock singer Adam Ant and the ever-dependable Sy Richardson acquit themselves well as Iceman's slimy partners in crime. A nifty little B-action flick.
  • Paul-20927 February 1999
    1/10
    Don't waste your time!
    This is the worst movie I've ever seen. It's so bad I found myself wondering if it was in fact a comedy instead of an action movie. Terrible acting.
  • Niro14 February 1999
    1/10
    A Simply Awful Film, Despite....
    More resemblant of a '70s TV cop show, this revenge flick from Dorothy Ann Puzo [and this is her only attempt at celluloid, praise God] is truly wretched.

    The always-excellent Brad Davis stars as a cop out to avenge his father's murder [at the hands of Jonathan Banks]; femme-almost-fatale Sharon Stone is the only other reason to watch this.

    0 of 4 NiroStars
  • RTheManF892 June 2010
    7/10
    Just plain fun.
    On Christmas Eve, Los Angeles police officer Johnny Modine's (The late Brad Davis, Midnight Express) father is brutally killed by ruthless cutthroat (Jonathan Banks, Pin) and his two goons, played by Adam Ant (Slam Dance) and Sy Richardson (Tripwire). As it turns out, the murder of Modine's father was part of a plan of revenge towards Modine for causing him to lose his voice and having to use an electronic talk box. On behalf of this, Modine is willing to risk his career and sanity to bring the killer down and avenge his father's death. Along the way, Modine is eventually taken off the case by his captain and meets the luring Kathy Connors (Sharon Stone, Total Recall), who hides a secret connection of her own to both the killer and Modine.

    I first saw the film on television when I was 14. I felt the exact way about the film then, and I sure as heck feel the same way about it now having watched it on DVD at the age of 21.

    Recommended.

    DVD EXTRAS: Widescreen and fullscreen versions of the film, English, French, Spanish, and Chinese subtitles and trailers for xXx, The Devil's Own and Enough.
  • MochrieGirl5 May 2001
    LOVE LOVE LOVE
    I have seen this movie and I loved it. Jonathan Banks is plain wonderful in this. He is my favorite actor and he is excellent. Sharon Stone is a terrible actress....... she is pretty but that is all she has. It's cool to see 80's Adam Ant as Jonathan's Sidekick.... wonderful special effects and overall and awesome movie.... buy it rent...... just get it.... :)
  • Mechagoji7523 August 2015
    1/10
    What the heck was I watching!
    From getting to watch the Sharon stone film library and being a fan after watching basic instinct and total recall, this was just more embarrassingly horrible in a way where you about to see if Arnold was Captain America (it's true). the main character hero, his acting was so bad that's the reason there was 4 writers on this, can't you get James R. Silke to do it, he did it really good with the ninja movies, anyway I'm getting off topic on this film. Sharon was okay, but only one flaws bothers me when her accent gets off when she says "You're a liar". No offense. I can say this, this is rather a cold flop when your husband is about to get insane, trying to get a idea after he's watching this film, trying to shove a lot of DVDs of Godzilla (1998) up your "C**t. Rating: 1/10 (Godawful film). Jeez. Note: Columbia Pictures associated with RCA Video had the rights to release it home video on VHS and then Sony Pictures released it on DVD and then as of today, it would never seemed to have the guts of towards getting a blu ray release made, Why the hell would Sony still own it as of today. It should been in public domain territory.
  • Wizard-818 May 2012
    Too cold to generate much heat
    One Christmas Eve, a tough Los Angeles cop learns that his father has been brutally murdered. You're probably guessing that he swears revenge. In actual fact, it's kind of hard to conclude whether he does so or not, because for the next thirty or so minutes of the movie, he does NOTHING in the way of investigation. When he does decide more or less to take care of business, he really doesn't have to do that much thinking - the clues as to who was behind his father's murder and why are pretty much handed to him on a silver platter. It's hard to believe that this movie actually got a theatrical release. It's pretty cheap, badly shot, but worst of all, except for a few okay motor vehicle stunts, it's extremely boring. Even Sharon Stone's nude scene is a big yawn. The production company (Cinetel Films) went on to make even cheaper and cruder movies.