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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.

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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! See more »


Certificate:

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The UK Region 2 DVD released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment in 2009 is the full uncut version of the film. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Mathews: [sees Lipper's corpse] What hit him?
Lou Torrey: [unemotionally] A complete state of death.
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

The footage of Lawrence darting round the room shooting the dead/injured mafia dons with a pistol (to ensure all are dead) after the window fall was cut from the original UK cinema version by the BBFC. The 1986 RCA/Columbia video was fully uncut. See more »

Connections

Featured in U Turn (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

The Chase
Written by Roy Budd
Performed by Roy Budd And His Orchestra
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It's Bronson
25 March 2001 | by mibailiffSee all my reviews

This is an enjoyable time waster. And to paraphrase Bronson himself (from the film), "(it) has its' gaudy moments." There is some memorable dialogue and where else can you see Papa Walton (Ralph Waite) playing a racist detective in a series of outdated cheap suits? The mob characters are cliches and the plot is somewhat farfetched. But there are worse things to waste 90 minutes on. The bottom line: THE STONE KILLER isn't one of Hollywood's greatest films, it certainly isn't the worst. It's Bronson.


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