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The Stone Killer (1973)

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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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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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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The film's French title for this film is "Le Cercle Noir" which translates into the English language as "The Black Circle". Three years before this film was made, French director Jean-Pierre Melville made a gangster movie called Le Cercle Rouge (1970), which translates into the English language as "The Red Circle". See more »

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During chase scenes skid marks can be seen meaning more than one take was done for the final scene in the movie. In particular, in the parking garage during the chase scene skid marks are prevalent. 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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Actor Gene Woodbury is credited in opening credits only. See more »

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

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The Stone Killer (Main Title)
Written by Roy Budd
Performed by Roy Budd And His Orchestra
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The Stone Face
9 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

You either get Old Stone Face or you don't. I get him. He played virtually the same type of character in every movie from the '70s forward, although his character's profession changed from time to time. Didn't matter if he was an unflinching streetwise cop that walks outside the law to bring justice, an architect, or an amazingly tough journalist that can beat up bad guys as easily as normal people breath air (how often do you see that?), he was always a character that looked out for what was right, the law be damned. And no mamby pamby metrosexual stuff anywhere in sight.....

This movie was interesting to me in that it was filmed during the prime of the '70s Cop Movie glory days and also happened to be part of the golden age for Bronson himself. I dig the terrible period clothing, hair and lingo. I also dig the neo-psychedelic soundtrack. It was rather amusing seeing Bronson amongst the young hippie burnouts at a wacked out party when he was searching for clues, talk about a fish out of water! And even way back then, the ever popular grouchy old Italian mobster stereotype was in full play, although this was one of the first Bronson films to do this (and it often resurfaced in his movies, even in Death Wish 4 decades later). It also featured several familiar faces including "Mr. Roper" of Three's Company as a cop(!) and "Jack Tripper" of the same show as a bumbling, inept rookie cop. Those with either sharp memories or an extensive Twilight Zone collection will recognize Mob Boss Vescari as the star of the much loved wax figures episode (New Exhibit).

You're not going to see Oscar type performances in a Bronson film, but then again, that's not what they were shooting for. You do get a glimpse of a great period of gritty American cop films. They didn't have the internet to help them. No GPS. No Google maps. Just coffee, steel revolvers, typewriters and good old fashioned investigational work, and of course real cars that were driven to death by stunt men, not computer generated crashes. And you do get politically incorrect, 150 proof MANDOM of the kind that isn't made any more. And that makes for an enjoyable Sunday afternoon in my book.


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