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      The Stone Killer

      R 1973 1h 35m Crime Drama List
      60% Tomatometer 5 Reviews 42% Audience Score 100+ Ratings An ex-New York detective (Charles Bronson) learns a 1930s mobster (Martin Balsam) has formed a killer elite to settle a gangland score. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times The Stone Killer is a superior example of its type -- tough cop against the mob -- and probably the best violent big-city police movie since Dirty Harry. It's not much more, nor does it mean to be. Rated: 3/4 Oct 23, 2004 Full Review Keith Garlington Keith & the Movies Bronson has always been an actor who can carry a movie with his formidable presence. That’s certainly the case here. Rated: 4/5 Oct 13, 2023 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy A stone's throw from complete success. Rated: 2.5/4 Nov 22, 2021 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 May 31, 2005 Full Review Tony Mastroianni Cleveland Press The plot of this movie is a confusing mixture of elements which probably results from trying to fashion a film with pieces of so many others. Nov 20, 2003 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Between The Mechanic, this movie and Death Wish, Michael Winner and Charles Bronson were firing on all cylinders in the early 70s*. Based on A Complete State of Death by John Gardner — a book with a message that was, of course, made into a Michael Winner movie — there are so many car crashes at the end of the film that Hertz Rental came back in a huff to reclaim their cars, met by an angry Winner who yelled, "You should be glad we're crashing your fucking awful cars. You'll be able to write them off completely and get nice new ones." I love the reviews for this movie, that mostly say things like, "I don't want to admit that I like a Michael Winner movie." Back in 1931, an event called The Night of Sicilian Vespers saw the murder of several mob leaders and Al Vescari (Martin Balsam) hasn't forgotten. He sets up a plan to get revenge forty years or more later by killing off every Italian and Jewish leader across the country by using "stone killers," or non-mob-affiliated hitmen. His plan? Hire Vietnam vets to do the work. Detective Lou Torrey (Bronson) is a New York cop who figures out that a killing is an inside job after taking a witness to Los Angeles and having him killed nearly on arrival. He starts to look deeper and begins to discover exactly what's going on, but is it too late to stop the plan? Released in the wake of Dirty Harry, this was sold with the tagline "Take away his badge and he'd top the Ten Most Wanted list!" I've said it before and I'll say it again. I worry about the militarization of our police force and the issues of police brutality, but when it comes to movies, I'm all about cops breaking the rules and getting the job done. That said, Bronson's character is incredibly open about the "white walls" of society and rebuking racism on the force. This has a great supporting cast, including David Sheiner (Oscar's accountant and poker buddy in The Odd Couple), Norman Fell (as the leader of the police force; he'd reunite with one of the younger cops in this, John Ritter, on Three's Company), Ralph Waite (who was John Walton Sr. on The Waltons and ran against Sonny Bono once and his wife twice for a seat in the California senate), Paul Koslo (who told Shock Cinema "My first day on the set, I sat in his (Bronson's) chair. The first joke I ever told him was "Hey, Charlie, did you hear the one about the Polish actor?" He said, "No, what?" I said, "Charles Buchinsky!" "Do you think that's funny?!" Being Polish myself, I thought it was hilarious, but it went over like a lead balloon with Charlie. He's really Polish, that guy!"), Stuart Margolin (The Rockford Files) and Jack Colvin (who would go on to be one of my most hated characters ever, Jack MgGee, the man who ruined Dr. David Bruce Banner's life on The Incredible Hulk). If you're someone that's only seen movies from this century and need a warning on your movies, here's one: this is a Michael Winner movie. Go in with that knowledge. *Before this, they'd make Chato's Land and also made Death Wish 2 and Death Wish 3 together. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member Not nearly as good as The Mechanic, which hade Bronson & the same director. A good 70's time capsule, but that's about it. Couldn't get serious about Papa Walton & his undersized Fedora hat, being a cop. This Blu-ray is a limited edtion of 3000 from Twilight Time. There are a lot better Bronson movies out there. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Audience Member Another entertaining Bronson/Winner team up. Not their best effort, you can see the progress, stepping towards the winning Death Wish formula, but you can see this is their best impression of Dirty Harry... Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member A shoot-em-up with a tough talking Charles Bronson, a confusing plot (something about the mafia using Vietnam vets for a hit), an assortment of character actors (Norman Fell, a young John Ritter), and some '70s grit to keep things somewhat interesting. Decent amount of comic relief, some unintentional (look out for falling bodies!). Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Good old fashioned, hard-hitting action--Charlie VS the Mafia Factory!! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Bronson and Winner team up again for this cop thriller. Detective Lou Torrey is a cross between Pope eye Doyle and Harry Callahan and takes no shit as he takes on Cosa Nostra. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis An ex-New York detective (Charles Bronson) learns a 1930s mobster (Martin Balsam) has formed a killer elite to settle a gangland score.
      Michael Winner
      Michael Winner
      Production Co
      Columbia Pictures
      Crime, Drama
      Original Language
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 1, 2013
      1h 35m
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