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The Stone Killer (1973)

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

Director:

Michael Winner

Writers:

Gerald Wilson (screenplay), John Gardner (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Bronson ... Lou Torrey
Martin Balsam ... Al Vescari
Jack Colvin ... Jumper
Paul Koslo ... Langley
Norman Fell ... Les Daniels
David Sheiner ... Guido Lorenz
Stuart Margolin ... Lawrence
Ralph Waite ... Mathews
Alfred Ryder ... Tony Champion
Walter Burke ... J D
Kelley Miles ... Geraldine Wexton (as Kelly Miles)
Eddie Firestone ... Armitage
Charles Tyner ... Police Psychiatrist
Byron Morrow ... Station Commander
Lisabeth Hush 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 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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This cop plays dirty to rub out the mob! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Italy | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 August 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Complete State of Death See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Third of six films that Charles Bronson made with director Michael Winner. Prior to this film they made Chato's Land (1972) and The Mechanic (1972) and after-wards they collaborated on Death Wish (1974), Death Wish II (1982) and Death Wish 3 (1985). 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

Jumper: You can't hit me! I'll have you up on charges!
Lou Torrey: Who hit you? I wouldn't do a thing like that.
[punches Jumper in the face]
Lou Torrey: You said "when", Jumper?
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Crazy Credits

Actor Gene Woodbury is credited in opening credits only. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the German video cut 13 minutes are missing. 02:33: Lou Torrey visits his wife. Both talk about their daughter and New York in general. She says: I look at you and I see this town. Complete scene is missing.(1:30 min.) 18:04: Lipper's assassination is prepared. Lipper himself fools a cop in hospital who should bring him back to jail (4:25 min.). 33:11: Vescari explains further details of his plan. All men go back to their cars (2:13 min.). 36:20: Torrey looks at Geraldine Waxton's dossier (0:10 min.). 38:58: Both cops run down the stairs. Torrey searches for Geraldine Waxton in a flower power parish in Carmel. The whole scene is missing. Geraldine asks Torrey if he would be interested in her. Torrey answers: Another time, another place, another cop. (4:19 min). 48:19: The car is driving around a corner (0:06 min.). 59:12: Matthews explains his hatred against the desert mission (0:12 min.). 90:26: Torrey sits in the car and quotes a word that was common in the roman arena: You've got five minutes, Christians. (0:07 min.). See more »

Connections

Featured in Mr. Blonde: Paul Koslo on 'The Stone Killer' (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Final Capture
Written by Roy Budd
Performed by Roy Budd And His Orchestra
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This movie was no nonsense!
10 September 2012 | by GOWBTWSee all my reviews

This movie with Charles Bronson was extremely no nonsense, whatsoever. "The Stone Killer" is when Bronson plays a hard as nails cop who uncovered a group of Vietnam veterans who are do the dirty work for the Mafia. That form of dirty work is to take out the completion. In this movie, there are future "Three's Company" stars John Ritter and Norman Fell. Ritter plays the one in uniform, while Fell plays Lou Torrey's boss Les Daniels. Lou Torrey (Bronson) worked for the NYPD, until a incident with a young offender caused him to quit the force. So he ends up moving to Los Angeles as a detective to investigate mob like killings. It turns out that the mafia has been using Vietnam veterans to kill the competition. Some of their help have ended up dead by the people that hired them. This was a coast to coast situation for the police to handle. And Torres showed plenty of tenacity to put an end to this mess. The shootout in both areas was awesome. Especially in the parking lot scene in New York. Great movie, great plot, great cast, "The Stone Killer" makes great sense! 3 out of 5 stars


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