Stone

Stone

Director: Sandy Harbutt

Cast: Billy Green, Ros Spiers, Michael Kent

     
 

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An undercover cop named Stone (Ken Shorter) infiltrates an outlaw biker gang called the Grave Diggers, only to discover that he has more in common with the two-wheeled warriors than he previously though after a professional assassin attempts to set them up for a big fall. A prominent environmental activist has just been assassinated, and the police suspect that the

Overview

An undercover cop named Stone (Ken Shorter) infiltrates an outlaw biker gang called the Grave Diggers, only to discover that he has more in common with the two-wheeled warriors than he previously though after a professional assassin attempts to set them up for a big fall. A prominent environmental activist has just been assassinated, and the police suspect that the Grave Diggers are withholding crucial information relating to the killing. Realizing that the Grave Diggers will never speak to regular policemen, the cops recruit Stone to ride with the gang and find out what they know. Accepted into the fold after saving the life of a grateful Grave Digger, Stone begins to respect the Undertaker (Sandy Harbutt) and his crew due to the fact that they operate by their own unique code of ethics. Later, as the Grave Diggers prepare to strike back against a rival motorcycle club, Stone suspects a set-up and attempts to convince them not to fall for it. Unfortunately for everyone involved, Stone was correct. When the violence finally erupts, no one is safe from the bloodshed that threatens to destroy the Grave Diggers, and consume Stone in the process.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
"Take the trip" indeed. Biker film fans hungering for something a bit different may do well to seek out this satisfying cult-classic from Down Under due to the fact that a bizarre soundtrack and some intoxicating stylistic choices make it one of the most oddball biker flicks ever produced. While the concept of an undercover police officer infiltrating a biker gang was certainly nothing new or original even back in 1974, the fact that Stone director/star Sandy Harbutt allows the action to unfold at a leisurely pace by allowing the viewer to get better acquainted with his unique band of outlaws gives his film an authentic feel and unique energy. As a result, viewers in search of a fast-paced thrill ride along the lines of Mad Max or The Road Warrior are likely to be somewhat disappointed, while viewers more interested in the outlaw lifestyle, attitude, and the thrill of riding the open road are treated to a hard-edged action thriller that embodies the unique code of ethics practiced by it's dirt-crusted protagonists. While at first headliner Ken Shorter seems too much of a pretty-boy milquetoast to ride with the scraggly-bearded big boys of the Grave Digger motorcycle club, he definitely delivers the goods when the situation calls for action. As the Grave Digger's head honcho Undertaker, director/star Harbutt personifies the one-percenter lifestyle by portraying his character as the kind of leader capable of eliciting undying devotion from his loyal followers, all of whom know that they're in for a vicious stomping should they violate his rigid code. Mad Max heavy Hugh Keays-Byrne makes a big impression as the acid-eating biker who holds a crucial piece of the puzzle and toys with a few unsuspecting yuppies when they wander into the Grave Digger's regular bar, and a hazy scene in which the bikers reflect on how they all came together indicates that Harbutt was more interested in exploring the motorcycle club lifestyle than churning out a quickie exploitation flick. Even so, Stone still manages to deliver some brutal thrills that continue to shock over thirty-years after the fact.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/28/2008
UPC:
0891635001414
Original Release:
1974
Source:
Severin
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:39:00
Sales rank:
59,800

Special Features

Disc 1: Theatrical trailer; Disc 2: Richard Kuipers' classic making-of documentary featuring interviews and original Stone cast and crew, and extensive footage of the incredible Stone 25th anniversary celebration attended by 35,000 bikers in 1998; The making of Stone; Stone makeup test; Director's slide show

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Billy Green Actor
Ros Spiers Actor
Michael Kent Actor
Tony Allyn Birdman
David Bracks Boots
Keryck Barnes Dr. Townes
James H. Bowles Stinkfinger
Jane Gilling Euridyce
Dewey Hungerford Septic
John Ifkovitch Zonk
Lex Mitchell Ballini
Ros Talamini Sunshine
Rhod Walker Chairman
Owen Weingott Adler
Bindi Williams Captain Midnight
Julie Edwards Karma
Reg Evans Solicitor
Deborah Foreman Bud
Drew Forsythe Fred
David Hart Actor
Peter King Ferret
Harry Lawrence Caretaker
Garry McDonald Mechanic
Anne Mitchell Actor
Herbert Nelson Actor
Max Palmer Actor
Michael Robinson Pinball
Pat Rooney Actor
Ron Ross Biggie
Patrick Ward Alistair
Ken Shorter Stone
Sandy Harbutt Undertaker
Hugh Keays-Byrne Toad
Roger Ward Hooks
Vince Gil Dr. Death
Slim de Grey Hannigan
Ray Bennett Larsen
Bill Hunter Barman
Helen Morse Amanda
Rebecca Gilling Vanessa
Sue Lloyd Tart
Victoria Anoux Flossie

Technical Credits
Sandy Harbutt Director,Producer,Production Designer,Screenwriter
Ian Barry Editor
Billy Green Score Composer
David Hannay Executive Producer
Graham Lind Cinematographer
Tim Lloyd Sound/Sound Designer
Brian Martin Stunts
Helen Morse Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Robinson Screenwriter
Tim Storrier Art Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Stone
1. Witness to an Assassination [6:38]
2. Main Titles/Sudden Deaths [4:32]
3. Biker Funeral [6:32]
4. "Here Come the Pigs" [3:49]
5. Bar Brawl [4:01]
6. The Proposition [7:06]
7. A Kiss Goodbye [5:05]
8. Inside the Fortress [3:45]
9. Initiation [5:12]
10. Street Race [4:37]
11. Friends & Enemies [6:22]
12. "Give Us a Kiss" [4:26]
13. The Blackhawks [5:14]
14. Breaking Biker Law [3:01]
15. The Story of a Gang [4:25]
16. Early Morning Swim [4:45]
17. A Set-Up [4:14]
18. Cemetery Shoot Out [6:48]
19. Honor & Justice [4:00]
20. End Credits [4:16]

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