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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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Taglines:

This cop plays dirty to rub out the mob! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The next year, Paul Koslo would play another antagonist verses Charles Bronson, in Mr. Majestyk. 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

Cab Driver: What's a nice guy like you want with the 4th Precinct house?
Lou Torrey: They give a good massage and a quick piece of ass.
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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 Paul Koslo on 'Maniac!' (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

The Stone Killer (Main Title)
Written by Roy Budd
Performed by Roy Budd And His Orchestra
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Underrated film one of Bronson's Best and one of the Best 70's Cop Films!
23 April 2006 | by movievenderSee all my reviews

My Jaw Drops at all the Bad Press this Movie gets!!...As a Hardcore Bronson Fan (and I've seen them all!) This is one of the Best films from his 'Golden' Period (1968 to 1976); and probably one of the best 'Cop' films of the 70's; next to 'Dirty Harry', 'Magnum Force', 'Laughing Policeman'; 'Serpico', etc.....Another 'reviewer'? called this 'boring'....Unbelievable!! The film moves at lightning pace from the get-go; alternating between New York and Los Angeles (with detours to the Mohave Desert) for it's complex Mafioso Revenge plot.....I think this film must set some kind of record for on-location shots!...I counted over a hundred on the last viewing.....ALL Real locations; NONE on the lot....The film is a virtual panoramic time capsule of Mid-70's L.A. and New York....It's also an Incredible 'Who's Who' of 70's Film and TV Character Actors...EVERYBODY is in this Movie!!....You've got Ralph Waite...'Papa Walton', as a racist cop with Incredibly Bad wardrobe taste; Half of 'Three's Company'....John Ritter as an inept cop, and Norman Fell as Bronson's West Coast partner; 'Rockford Files' Stuart Margolin as a 'Nam Vet' turned Mob Hit-man; 'The Hulk's' Jack Colvin as a mob underling; Martin Balsam as a Mafia Don; and the ICONIC 70's Bad Guy Character Actor, Paul Koslo, in a key role!!....(Did I mention that this film also has one of the ALL-TIME BEST CAR CHASE SCENES in Cinema History?)....Yep; Better than 'Bullitt'......SUPERB direction from Michael Winner (Bronson's Best Director); a Razor-Sharp script from Gerald Wilson, an absolutely KILLER Roy Budd Soundtrack (that has been Heavily Sampled); combine to make this one of the TOP FIVE Bronson Films; and as I said previously; One of THE BEST 70's Cop Films; It's an Absolute CRIME that Columbia has NOT put this film out on DVD!! (There's even a Trailer for this film on their DVD release of 'Hard Times'!...So What's Up??!!)


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