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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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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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This cop plays dirty to rub out the mob! See more »


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A Complete State of Death  »

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Trivia

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

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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 »

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Witness: [sees Matthews] You sure keep lousy company, man.
Detective Lt. Lou Torrey: Hey, I filled your plate for you.
Witness: That's cool. Say Torrey, I still don't wanna marry your sister.
Detective Lt. Lou Torrey: [smiling] That breaks me up. You wanna see the slob she did marry.
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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)
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Charlie VS the Mafia Factory
26 March 2012 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – 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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