Stone Killer

The Stone Killer

Director: Michael Winner, Charles Bronson, Martin Balsam, David Sheiner

Cast: Michael Winner, Charles Bronson, Martin Balsam, David Sheiner

     
 
The John Gardner novel A Complete State of Death became this bloody crime flick that united frequent action genre collaborators Charles Bronson and director Michael Winner. Bronson stars as Detective Lieutenant Lou Torry, a grizzled undercover New York City cop who ruins his career when he is caught going violently overboard while apprehending a ghetto punk. As

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The John Gardner novel A Complete State of Death became this bloody crime flick that united frequent action genre collaborators Charles Bronson and director Michael Winner. Bronson stars as Detective Lieutenant Lou Torry, a grizzled undercover New York City cop who ruins his career when he is caught going violently overboard while apprehending a ghetto punk. As punishment, Torry is banished all the way to the L.A. Police Department, where he begins investigating a mysterious chain of events involving ex-soldiers that seem to be Mob related. It turns out that Don Alberto Vescari (Martin Balsam), an aging Mafia chieftain, is planning the use of mentally disturbed Vietnam vets as assassins in a campaign of murder. With one broad, gory stroke, Vescari schemes to wipe out his underworld enemies, retaliating for a massacre that wiped out a generation of Sicilian mobsters 40 years earlier.

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The teaming of director Michael Winner and star Charles Bronson here results in a hard-boiled cop thriller with a high body count. Gerald Wilson's script, which is based on a novel by John Gardner, is pure pulp with a plot that lards its multiple twists and turns with an equal amount of bullet-riddled corpses. The dialogue might work in plenty of sermons on social ills (everything from race relations to the mistreatment of Vietnam veterans) but it never distracts from the action -- there's a punch-up, shootout or chase at least once every reel. The actors don't have much to work with as the characters are types instead of flesh-out characterizations but they all acquit themselves nicely: Bronson carries the film in usual stoic fashion but there is also nice support work from Martin Balsam as a vengeance-driven mob boss, Ralph Waite as an unapologetically racist cop and Paul Koslo as a creepy jazz-loving assassin. Winner orchestrates the mayhem in a no-nonsense fashion, maintaining a taut pace that keeps the complex narrative in focus and hammering home the action sequences with bone-breaking élan. Ultimately, The Stone Killer won't convert anyone who doesn't already enjoy pulp-style action flicks but fans will find plenty of fast-paced carnage to enjoy here. It's definitely one of the best Bronson-Winner team-ups.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/02/2011
UPC:
0043396385979
Original Release:
1973
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures Home
Sales rank:
867

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charles Bronson Detective Lou Torrey
Martin Balsam Vescari
David Sheiner Detective Guido Lorenz
Norman Fell Detective Les Daniels
Ralph Waite Detective Mathews
Eddie Firestone Junkie
Stuart Margolin Lawrence
Jan Arvan Vechetti
Harry Basch Mossman
Frank Campanella Calabriese
Robert Emhardt Fussy Man
Lisabeth Hush Helen
Paul Koslo Al Langley
John Ritter Hart
Tom Falk Sergeant
Hy Anzell Cab Driver
Larry Blake Police Commissioner
Hoke Howell Garageman
Alfred Ryder Tony Champion
Walter Burke J.D.
David Moody Lipper
Charles Tyner Psychiatrist
Byron Morrow L.A. Police Chief
Jack Colvin Jumper
Gene Woodbury Long
Cristina Raines Mathews' Daughter

Technical Credits
Michael Winner Director,Producer
Roy Budd Score Composer
Richard Moore Cinematographer
Ward Preston Art Director
Terry Rawlings Editor
Norman Rockett Set Decoration/Design
Hugh Strain Sound/Sound Designer
Frederick Wilson Editor
Gerald Wilson Screenwriter

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