LOVELY JENNIFER O'NEAL PLAYS A WOMAN BOSSING MEN OF STEEL (AND THAT INCLUDES LEE MAJORS)

STEEL interviewA lovely young woman bossing a gang of misfit tough construction workers is one of the highly explosive themes of Steel (Cert. AA. from Columbia). Jennifer O'Neill plays this obstinate woman who is bent on realising the ambition of her late father — to raise a 55-stores building to a deadline and against incredible odds.

Starring is Lee Majors (pictured left) as a steel worker who was once a legend of skill and daring at dizzying heights until a split second of paralysing fear stripped hint of his courage. He is the only person who can help the girl achieve her ambition. .Steel tells of his rediscover). of self-respect.

When the film began production. only three steel buildings were under construction in America, steel having given way to pre-cast concrete construction in almost all but earthquake-risk areas like San Francisco. Only one of the three firms agreed In let the filth be made concurrent with its construction.

The logistics of making a movie about construction workers is almost as complicated a challenge as actually raising a building and, in fact, Steel, rose along with Kinkaid Towers in Lexington. Kentucky. Floor by floor the movie grew with the sky-scraper, film cast and crew racing to photograph on one floor before the actual construction workers completed it, then hurriedly moving up to the nest uncompleted floor, and so on.

Lee Majors was executive producer as well as star, and among his supporting cast is that popular character actor. George Kennedy, as the girl's father who dies in a fall while trying to save a young worker "frozen- to a steel beam 46 storeys above the street.

Steel shares the same hill as Hot Stuff (opposite).

Jennifer O'NealLee Majors

© Film Review magazine 1979