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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 Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »

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Stop Think It Over
performed by Beverley Sjoberg
Composed by Guidona Lee
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Drug and streetwalker scene invaded by a serial shooter
3 December 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Much as I like Richard Crenna, even to appreciating highly his version of "Double Indemnity", he cannot save this picture "Stone Cold Dead" (1979). I agree with the IMDb voter assessment (5.2) which says this is below par. The existing 4 reviews like various aspects of the film, which is all well and good, but overall it is not a good film. It's a neo-noir, but apart from the milieu, it's not that much of a neo-noir. It's a giallo, but not much of one, lacking flair. The movie lacks forward momentum and tension. It lacks focus. Its main interest seems to be to dawdle with various characters making up the drug, pimp, streetwalker scene, but without much relation to the serial killer plot. The giallo movies often have a serial killer whose identity is hidden, as in this movie. Their challenge is this: What do the detectives do while the bodies pile up? They cannot make much headway because the movie is intent on showing a string of killings. But if they are not making headway, then what are they doing? In this movie, Crenna is mainly working on Linda Sorenson. Meanwhile, the pimp played by Paul Williams is given quite a lot of screen development too. The acting is good. There are bits that are of interest. It is just that the story doesn't flow and has little impact.

In my limited viewing experience, I have found some very good Canadian-made movies. There is of course a distribution that ranges from duds to excellence. But the modal picture tends to inherit a certain quietness and dullness, a lack of spark and boldness. There is too much of a laid-back character. The Canadian cinema doesn't inherit the British disease of excessive talk, but in its own way it inherits too much gentility. "Stone Cold Dead" has numerous characters in a sleazy environment, such that it could have been much more edgy. The opportunities were wasted. The story was rather on the clumsy side in developing the various possible suspects, and that was annoying.


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