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Stone Cold Dead (1979)

Sergeant Boyd's police search to find a sniper who has been shooting hookers.

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Sgt. Boyd
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Julius Kurtz
Linda Sorensen ...
Monica Page
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Sandy MacAuley (as Belinda J. Montgomery)
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Sgt. Tony Colabre (as Charles Shamata)
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Olivia Page
Andrée Cousineau ...
Bernice Carnival
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Dr. Bouvier
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Frank
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Claudia Grissom
Frank Moore ...
Teddy Mann
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Insp. Webb
Dennis Strong ...
Danny De Lion
Miles Potter
Marie Clark
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Sergeant Boyd's police search to find a sniper who has been shooting hookers.

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A lady of the night can sell anything...even her life.

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Crime | Thriller

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5 March 1980 (USA)  »

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Les clichés de la haine  »

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CAD 900,000 (estimated)
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Obvious red ring around Paul Williams' left ring finger left by the actor's wedding band. His character is single. See more »

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Julius Kurtz: Oh, hello, officers. I see the Mayor's annual clean up campaign is in full swing. I must commend him in the morning.
Sgt. Boyd: [the other officer starts to frisk him] Alright, take it easy, take it easy.
Julius Kurtz: [the officer finds a gun] Voila! Magique - ze gun permit. Signed by the Mayor.
Sgt. Boyd: Pimp!
Julius Kurtz: No, no, not really, more of a traffic cop. I mean I direct people to things that they're looking for. For this, they love me. Mason, here, he prays for me. Would you like Mason to pray for you? He'd do that you know - if I...
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Referenced in Deadly Eyes: An Interview with Lesleh Donaldson (2014) See more »

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Fire Down Below
performed and composed by Bob Seger
courtesy of Capitol Records
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Tantalizingly Close, Yet So Far
7 January 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Richard Crenna and Paul Williams are excellent, a few supporting actors are also outstanding. The photography is occasionally too gimmicky, but is mostly good to exceptional. The music is great, even when it's not music I love it fits. It establishes a mood, time and place (It's Very, Very Toronto, not NYC or LA...) nicely. There's some lovely editing, lighting and the sound design and recording is vastly above par for the era, and pretty good for today's technology and sensibility.

A lot of it is filmed in real locations, and it's a lovely slice of 70's TO. Sets stick out like a sore thumb, and the occasional covering of a brand with gaffer tape is too obvious also. The snowstorm seems like a mistake as well they had to go with for budget/schedule, and there are a few radio VOs to explain things that are just very oddly/badly done. Some key supporting actors are just awful and similarly stick out, which is all too bad.

But most disappointingly, for much of the film there's no plot to speak of, and the story rambles for no good reason.

The serial killer plot is poorly done, unlikely, and while the ending is somewhat interestingly done, in the final analysis I think unnecessary and too clever by half. I feel instead that this film would have worked much better with Richard Crenna going after a single murder in the same awful place full of crime and the immorality that eats at him, and trying to pin it on Paul Williams much as he does already.


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