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
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 plays dirty to rub out the mob! See more »


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Release Date:

8 August 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

América violenta  »

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SEK 1,002,197 (Sweden)

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The picture was originally set up at United Artists. See more »


At the start of the motorcycle chase, Langley emerges from the alley and has to go around a parked red Ford Pinto. A moment later, Torrey's Plymouth emerges from the same alley in close pursuit and the Pinto is gone. See more »


Cab Driver: What's a nice guy like you want with the 4th Precinct house?
Detective Lt. Lou Torrey: They give a good massage and a quick piece of ass.
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Actor Gene Woodbury is credited in opening credits only. See more »

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Underrated film one of Bronson's Best and one of the Best 70's Cop Films!
23 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My Jaw Drops at all the Bad Press this Movie gets!!...As a Hardcore Bronson Fan (and I've seen them all!) This is one of the Best films from his 'Golden' Period (1968 to 1976); and probably one of the best 'Cop' films of the 70's; next to 'Dirty Harry', 'Magnum Force', 'Laughing Policeman'; 'Serpico', etc.....Another 'reviewer'? called this 'boring'....Unbelievable!! The film moves at lightning pace from the get-go; alternating between New York and Los Angeles (with detours to the Mohave Desert) for it's complex Mafioso Revenge plot.....I think this film must set some kind of record for on-location shots!...I counted over a hundred on the last viewing.....ALL Real locations; NONE on the lot....The film is a virtual panoramic time capsule of Mid-70's L.A. and New York....It's also an Incredible 'Who's Who' of 70's Film and TV Character Actors...EVERYBODY is in this Movie!!....You've got Ralph Waite...'Papa Walton', as a racist cop with Incredibly Bad wardrobe taste; Half of 'Three's Company'....John Ritter as an inept cop, and Norman Fell as Bronson's West Coast partner; 'Rockford Files' Stuart Margolin as a 'Nam Vet' turned Mob Hit-man; 'The Hulk's' Jack Colvin as a mob underling; Martin Balsam as a Mafia Don; and the ICONIC 70's Bad Guy Character Actor, Paul Koslo, in a key role!!....(Did I mention that this film also has one of the ALL-TIME BEST CAR CHASE SCENES in Cinema History?)....Yep; Better than 'Bullitt'......SUPERB direction from Michael Winner (Bronson's Best Director); a Razor-Sharp script from Gerald Wilson, an absolutely KILLER Roy Budd Soundtrack (that has been Heavily Sampled); combine to make this one of the TOP FIVE Bronson Films; and as I said previously; One of THE BEST 70's Cop Films; It's an Absolute CRIME that Columbia has NOT put this film out on DVD!! (There's even a Trailer for this film on their DVD release of 'Hard Times'!...So What's Up??!!)

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