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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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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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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 »

Quotes

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

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Cool Bossa Source (Jazz Theme)
Written by Roy Budd
Performed by Roy Budd Trio
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Violent thriller about a Sicilian vendetta packed with suspense, intrigue and frantic action
5 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

Tense but violent film about a tough detective named Lou Torrey (Charles Bronson) who from New York is transferred in the underworlds of Los Angeles and uncovers a perfectly executed scheme carried out by a Sicilian gangster (Martin Balsam) to utilize Vietnam vets (Stuart Margolin , among others) to murder all his enemies in a mass killing , rerun of the 30's "Sicilian Vespers" when the former generation of Sicilian mobsters were all murdered on a single day by orders Lucky Luciano . Lou Torrey gets numerous tracks that something big occurs.

This exciting film contains suspense, noisy action-packed drama, intrigue, thrills and lots of violence . Interesting screenplay Gerald Wilson from the book ¨A complete state of death¨ by John Gardner .This is a formula two-fisted cop stuff in the Vigilante mould . Bronson with his usual stoic acting displays efficiently his weapons such as ¨Dirty Harry¨ style and killing mercilessly nasties . Bronson as wealthy and cold cop who takes the law on his own hands offers the sort of monolithic acting as always . It's certainly thrilling , though the morality may be questionable , even in this time, as the spectators were clearly on the top cop Bronson's side . Packs thrilling multiple shootouts staged in a remote location on Mojave desert . As the picture emerges as a series of spectacular set-pieces , each perfectly realized ; the best of theses are the chase scenes between Charles Bronson-Paul Koslo , the busting on the desert and the Mafiosi slaughter with subsequent climax final . Furthermore, appears a nice secondary cast as Norman Fell as assistant cop , Ralph Waite as obstinate police , Paul Koslo as heinous hoodlum ,John Ritter in his film debut, Charles Tyner in minor role, Stuart Margolin as Vietnam veteran and Martin Balsam as mafioso chief. In addition , an atmospheric musical score composed, orchestrated and performed by Roy Budd .

This motion picture is professionally directed by Michael Winner though passionless , such as the successive films with his main star, Charles Bronson. In the mid-70 Winner had great commercial hit , ¨Death Wish¨¨ , a box office success he repeated when badly in need of another big hit smash with the sequel , but both of whom , Bronson and Winner, looked increasingly cold , clinic and mechanical in the later years of their partnership . The worst sequels in which Kersey goes on to torture robbers, all of them inferior and the violence could be deemed excessive, are the following : ¨Death wish II¨ by Michael Winner with Jill Ireland and Vincent Gardenia, ¨Death wish III¨ again by Winner with Ed Lauter and Deborah Raffin . Subsequently Michael Winner career was failed , alternating some hit as ¨the sentinel¨ and various flops as ¨Firepower,The big sleep,The wicked lady, Appointed with death, A chorus of disapproval, Bullseye¨ and of course ¨The stone killer¨ that got a mediocre box office . Rating : average but is indispensable ,essential and well worth watching for Charles Bronson fans.


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