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The Stone Killer (1973)

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

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Top detective Lou Torrey is transferred to Los Angeles and uncovers a plot by a Sicilian mafioso to use Vietnam War 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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A Complete State of Death  »

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The film was first released about four years after its source novel "A Complete State of Death" by John Gardner had been first published in 1969. 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 »

Quotes

Mathews: [sees Lipper's corpse] What hit him?
Lou Torrey: [unemotionally] A complete state of death.
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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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The Stone Killer (Main Title)
Written by Roy Budd
Performed by Roy Budd And His Orchestra
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Charlie VS the Mafia Factory
26 March 2012 | by See all my reviews

I sought relaxing and undemanding action entertainment, I found …. Charlie Bronson! What's better after a hard and long working day than to sit down in a comfortable couch, switch off all still operational brain functions, and watch Charlie kill off some random street scum? During the 70's and 80's, Bronson mastered in depicting unorthodox coppers/relentless vigilantes in ultra-violent and gritty movies, and personally I love each and every single one of them, even though – admittedly – they're not the most sophisticated or even memorable form of art! In this same period, Charlie collaborated a number of times with director Michael Winner, who himself isn't exactly known for his subtlety and flair either, so a joint venture of these gentlemen is a guaranteed piece of uncompromising trash. "The Stone Killer" boosts a slightly more ambitious storyline – one based on a novel by John Gardner – but eventually it just remains a raw 'lone cop' thriller. After the umpteenth "shoot first, ask questions later" incident, lieutenant Lou Torrey gets transferred from gloomy New York to sunny California. There, during a banal prisoner's transport, he stumbles upon a convoluted crime network that brings him all the way back to New York. Torrey, thanks to the help of bizarre informants and dissident interrogation techniques, gradually uncovers the plot of a mafia war to end all mafia wars. Bronson's acting performance is more automatic pilot than ever, but Michael Winner serves numerous exciting car chases and vigorous shootouts, including a wildly out-of-control finale. Did I mention that the film is violent?!? This is early 70's at its best, full of racial slur, realistic dummies falling from the nineteenth floor and gay musicians getting run over by a Cadillac! Oh, and this movie proves that Charlie Bronson is the most efficient shooter ever! With him, each shot is a hit. Whether from inside a shaky helicopter or from an impossible angle on a staircase, it's always bullseye!


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