The Stone Killer 1973 R CC

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Crime drama about a tough New York cop who discovers that a prohibition gangster is planning a massacre--revenge for a forty-year-old shootout which introduced non-sicilian elements to organized crime. Based on John Gardner's novel, "A Complete State of Death."

Starring:
Martin Balsam, Charles Bronson
Runtime:
1 hour 36 minutes

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The Stone Killer

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Action
Director Michael Winner
Starring Martin Balsam, Charles Bronson
Supporting actors Jack Colvin, Paul Koslo, Norman Fell, David Sheiner, Stuart Margolin, Ralph Waite, Alfred Ryder, Walter Burke, Kelley Miles, Eddie Firestone, Charles Tyner, Byron Morrow, Lisabeth Hush, Frank Campanella, Robert Emhardt, David Moody, John Ritter, Mary Cross
Studio Columbia Pictures
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
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A must have for fans of the 70's!!!
Tuco
Bronson has some lines that intentionally or not are totally p**s funny,there's some cool photography and some decent action scenes.
Piers
It's just a plain shoot-them-up movie.
Cestmoi

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Tuco on December 27, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Great Bronson film loaded with action and great Bronson lines. I truly think he should have gone with this character as his franchise instead of his career ending Death Wish stuff. Bronson gives a great performance and the soundtrack is in the same classic 70's style as Enter the Dragon and Dirty Harry. Also available at Amazon.com, check out the re-mastered soundtrack for The Stone Killer. A must have for fans of the 70's!!! Be advised that this VHS pictured here is recorded in the dreaded EP mode. Time to put this one on DVD.....
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Saffady on July 1, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
Bronson and director Michael Winner warmed up before DEATH WISH in 1973 with this watchable thriller that has its' "gaudy moments" as quoted by Bronson. There are some great lines and where else can you see (Papa Walton) Ralph Waite playing a racist detective in a series of outdated suits? You also get a very young John Ritter in LAPD blue serge and Martin Balsam haming it up (fake Italian accent and all) as the central casting New York Mafioso. THE STONE KILLER isn't great, it isn't awful. It's Bronson!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 22, 2002
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This film takes it's place right in the tough cop films of the seventies. I place it right in with the likes of The French Connection; Dirty Harry; Magnum Force and Death Wish. Another plus is the movies great sondtrack.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael Goff on February 17, 2012
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this movie is in anamorphic widescreen very very good picture quality,and is classic charles bronson. dont worry bout the dvd-rw its super good quality.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Patrick faber on November 9, 2011
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This is a great Bronson Movie. They don't make movies like this anymore. No political correctness here. Raw Bronson they will never show this on TV so buy the video for full effect.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andre Mikhael on July 26, 2011
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This is a great Charles Bronson movie for those who are fans. Although it is old the quality of the image is good.
The sound is in Stereo.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Geezer on March 2, 2012
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This is one of Bronson's better Starring movies, well written and produced. He was a good actor for his time playing the characters he portrayed. Mainly noted for his Death Wish Movies, there's plenty of older films like 10 To Midnight, Telefon just to mention a few. Stone Killer one one of the best.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 20, 2010
Format: DVD
From that curious period when 70s films still looked a bit like they were shot in the 60s and when some cops still wore hats, The Stone Killer is a pretty decent pre-Death Wish Michael Winner-Charles Bronson film that doesn't do anything new but does it well enough for an hour-and-a-half to make for an efficient enough Saturday Night Special. Bronson's the New York cop whose trigger-happy reputation gets him transferred to LA, where he stumbles across a big case when a prisoner he was escorting to his old stamping ground gets hit before spilling the beans about a hit he was going to be involved in himself. And not just any old hit - Martin Balsam's mobster is taking a leaf out of Lucky Luciano's book and recruiting `an army without faces,' Vietnam veterans with no connection to organised crime, to take his long-brewing revenge for the 1931 `Night of the Sicilian Vespers' murders that ended the Castellammarese gang war 42 years earlier (the film gets the date wrong, citing 10th April 1931 rather than 10th September 1931, but hey, it's a Michael Winner film, you expect fact-checking?).

It's a decent enough hook for a cop movie, and it moves fast enough to keep you from thinking too much about the odd plothole. Bronson's on good form while Winner's direction hadn't yet got as lazy as it would by the end of the decade, though the shadow of the boom mike does have a recurring cameo even in the widescreen version. (Winner also includes a nod to film critic Gordon Gow, who worked on Films and Filming when Winner was a fledgling film critic there, in a PA announcement in a hospital scene.
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