Michael Sauter
May 13, 1994 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The world of 4×4 off-road racing pile-drives across your screen in this dimwit drama. The action in Desert Steel mostly consists of souped-up vehicles with oversize tires kicking up dust in the desert, accompanied by a godawful rock soundtrack. But that’s easier to take than what happens off the track, where a hotshot underdog (Naughton) readies for the Big Race while making pit stops with pretty reporter Wyss. ”I was sent out here to do a documentary on Americana,” she says. ”I figured off-road racing fit the bill.” Guess again.

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