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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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Storyline

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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Take away his badge and he'd top the Ten Most Wanted list! See more »


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A Complete State of Death  »

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This violent cop movie was released just over 18 months after Clint Eastwood's violent cop movie, Dirty Harry (1971). The tagline on this picture's main American movie poster and DVD reads: "This cop plays dirty!". Roger Ebert said that this film was " . . . probably the best violent big-city police movie since 'Dirty Harry'" and "Digital Retribution" said that this movie " . . . is very much a post-'Dirty Harry' genre flick and Bronson's [Detective] Torrey reflects that in spades." See more »

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(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 »

Quotes

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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Cool Bossa Source (Jazz Theme)
Written by Roy Budd
Performed by Roy Budd Trio
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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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