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The Stone Killer (1973)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  8 August 1973 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Al Vescari
Jack Colvin ...
Les Daniels
Guido Lorenz
Tony Champion
Walter Burke ...
Geraldine Wexton (as Kelly Miles)
Eddie Firestone ...
Police Psychiatrist
Byron Morrow ...
Station Commander
Lisabeth Hush ...


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 <>

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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)  »

Also Known As:

América violenta  »

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SEK 1,002,197 (Sweden)

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Kelley Miles is the daughter of Vera Miles. See more »


(at around 55 mins) Immediately after the guy in the brown suit is contacted by the motorcycle cop at LAX, Charles Bronson is talking to his boss. During this exchange, just after the solo shot of the boss, the shadow of the boom mic is seen between the two mens heads at the ceiling line. The shadow moves from right to left and disappears See more »


Geraldine 'Gerry' Elizabeth Wexton: [smiling] Some little pig should have stayed home.
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Actor Gene Woodbury is credited in opening credits only. See more »

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The Stone Face
9 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You either get Old Stone Face or you don't. I get him. He played virtually the same type of character in every movie from the '70s forward, although his character's profession changed from time to time. Didn't matter if he was an unflinching streetwise cop that walks outside the law to bring justice, an architect, or an amazingly tough journalist that can beat up bad guys as easily as normal people breath air (how often do you see that?), he was always a character that looked out for what was right, the law be damned. And no mamby pamby metrosexual stuff anywhere in sight.....

This movie was interesting to me in that it was filmed during the prime of the '70s Cop Movie glory days and also happened to be part of the golden age for Bronson himself. I dig the terrible period clothing, hair and lingo. I also dig the neo-psychedelic soundtrack. It was rather amusing seeing Bronson amongst the young hippie burnouts at a wacked out party when he was searching for clues, talk about a fish out of water! And even way back then, the ever popular grouchy old Italian mobster stereotype was in full play, although this was one of the first Bronson films to do this (and it often resurfaced in his movies, even in Death Wish 4 decades later). It also featured several familiar faces including "Mr. Roper" of Three's Company as a cop(!) and "Jack Tripper" of the same show as a bumbling, inept rookie cop. Those with either sharp memories or an extensive Twilight Zone collection will recognize Mob Boss Vescari as the star of the much loved wax figures episode (New Exhibit).

You're not going to see Oscar type performances in a Bronson film, but then again, that's not what they were shooting for. You do get a glimpse of a great period of gritty American cop films. They didn't have the internet to help them. No GPS. No Google maps. Just coffee, steel revolvers, typewriters and good old fashioned investigational work, and of course real cars that were driven to death by stunt men, not computer generated crashes. And you do get politically incorrect, 150 proof MANDOM of the kind that isn't made any more. And that makes for an enjoyable Sunday afternoon in my book.

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