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The Stone Killer (1973)

A Los Angeles detective is sent to New York where he must solve a case involving an old Sicilian Mafia family feud.

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Cast

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Al Vescari
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Lionel Jumper
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Alfred Langley
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Detective Capt. Les Daniels
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Guido Lorenz - Captain of Detectives
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Mr. Lawrence - Army Veteran
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Detective Mathews
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Tony Champion
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J D - Daniels' Snitch
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Geraldine Wexton (as Kelly Miles)
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Armitage
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Police Psychiatrist
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Station Commander
Lisabeth Hush ...
Dr. Helen Torrey
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Storyline

Top detective Lou Torrey is transferred to Los Angeles and uncovers a plot by a Sicilian mafioso to use Vietnam veterans to murder all his enemies in a rerun of the "Sicilian Vespers" when the previous generation of Sicilian mafiosi were all killed on a single day. Torrey gets various clues that something big is about to happen but will he discover what is planned before the big day ? Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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This cop is up to his eyebrows in godfathers, informers, junkies and trigger-men with itchy fingers! See more »


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8 August 1973 (USA)  »

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A Complete State of Death  »

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Second and final [to date, April 2017] filmed adaptation of a John Gardner novel. The first had been the The Liquidator (1965) which had debuted around eight years earlier. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning of the film when Lou is talking to Helen in the X-ray room, behind Lou as he paces back and forth is a large X-ray view box with eight chest X-rays displayed. Six are shown reversed, the bottom left is displayed in the correct orientation, and the last (bottom right) is too underexposed to determine. See more »

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[last lines]
[Torrey and Sergeant, in car, outside church]
Sergeant: Nothing changes, only the names.
Detective Lt. Lou Torrey: You gotta be kidding. We're chest deep in water. Screaming against the rushing tide.
[Vescari goes into confessional in church, having organized murder of other Dons]
Don Alberto Vescari: Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. I haven't been to confession for ten days... I lose my temper
[in car]
Detective Lt. Lou Torrey: You know, last three weeks, in New York City alone, there were 159 homicides?
[in confessional]
Don Alberto Vescari: I don't mean to be harsh, but I struck my...
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Actor Gene Woodbury is credited in opening credits only. See more »

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Featured in Mr. Blonde: Paul Koslo on 'The Stone Killer' (2017) See more »

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Final Capture
Written by Roy Budd
Performed by Roy Budd And His Orchestra
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Take away his badge and he'd top the ten most wanted list!
22 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A Dirty Harry clone? The Stone Killer is an interesting film, Bronson portrays a plain-clothes cop named Lou Torrey, Torrey has a penchant for being a little violent at times and it costs him his badge in NYC. Torrey eventually picks up a Lieutenant position at the Los Angeles department and gets knee deep in some real problems. War veterans (Vietnam) with itchy trigger fingers, anti-war sentiment, druggies, prostitutes, civil rights issues, a mafia-related vengeance plot that has been in the works for forty two years as well as a host of other problems. I had to watch this film twice in order to really follow the films somewhat confusing pace, there are some subplots which confused me a little bit but upon the second viewing I had, the film made a lot more sense to me than in my initial viewing. There are some scenes that go straight from Los Angeles to New York City and back throughout the film but the pace is easy to keep up with. There is a ton of action to feast your eyes upon, many gun fights, a few car chases, etc. Bronson acts in his usual tough-guy role as Lou Torrey and plays it very well in my opinion. The ending is not as satisfactory as I would have liked, but Director Michael Winner is known for having unique endings/twists to his films. As far as rating the film goes, The Stone Killer in my opinion is just a notch or two below other Bronson/Winner collaborations such as 'The Mechanic' or the classic 'Death Wish', but all in all I would recommend this film to any Bronson fan, or anyone who appreciates old, dated action films. I certainly enjoyed it.


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