Stone Cold (1991 film)

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Stone Cold
Stone-Cold-poster.jpg
Film poster for Stone Cold
Directed by Craig R. Baxley
Produced by Yoram Ben-Ami
Written by Walter Doniger
Starring Brian Bosworth
Lance Henriksen
William Forsythe
Sam McMurray
Arabella Holzbog
Richard Gant
Tom Magee
Music by Sylvester Levay
Cinematography Alexander Gruszynski
Edited by Mark Helfrich
Production
  company
Stone Group Pictures
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) May 17, 1991
Running time 95 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $25 million[1]
Box office $9,151,887

Stone Cold is a 1991 action movie based around a biker gang out to assassinate the governor and free one of their members who is on trial for murder. The movie marked the acting debut of 80s football star Brian Bosworth.[2][3][4][5]

Plot[edit]

Brian Bosworth stars as Joe Huff, a tough Alabama cop who is frustrated with a system that handles criminals with kid gloves. Currently, Joe is on suspension for displaying excessive violence toward criminals.

After stopping a supermarket robbery, Joe is summoned by Agent Cunningham (Richard Gant), whom he meets in a vacant underground parking garage. Cunningham proceeds to blackmail Joe into going undercover, by threatening to turn his three-week suspension into six months without pay.

Cunningham wants Joe to go undercover in Mississippi and infiltrate "The Brotherhood," a white supremacist biker gang linked to the murders of government officials and suspected of dealing drugs to the mafia. The Brotherhood is led by a violent psychopath named Chains Cooper (Lance Henriksen).

Joe reluctantly accepts and goes undercover as "John Stone", but his job is not easy. His FBI contact, Lance (Sam McMurray) is a germophobe who does not exactly fit in with the biker crowd, and the members of the Brotherhood, especially Chains, have their doubts about "John Stone", who has seemingly come out of nowhere to get a piece of their action.

Charged with killing a man as his initiation, Huff enlists the FBI's help to carefully fake the murder and is accepted into the Brotherhood. However, Chains's right hand man Ice Hensley (William Forsythe), does not trust him and eventually goes out of his way to expose him, with disastrous results.

During the operation, Huff learns that the Brotherhood's ultimate goal is to eliminate Brent "The Whip" Whipperton, a District Attorney running for Governor of Mississippi, who has promised to crack down on crime within the state. They plan to use a cache of stolen military weapons to storm the Supreme Court, where one of their own is on trial for murder, and assassinate both Whipperton and the judge presiding over the case.

When Chains' girlfriend Nancy accidentally learns about Huff's identity, he confides in her, explaining that he can grant her immunity if she cooperates with the FBI. Though resistant at first, Nancy accepts his offer, but the operation fails when the man Huff had supposedly killed to gain admission to the Brotherhood suddenly returns. In retaliation, Chains shoots and kills Nancy, but plans to do away with Huff in a more spectacular fashion, by strapping a bomb to his chest and throwing him from a helicopter en route to the courthouse.

Huff manages to fight his way free and commandeer the chopper, then takes the fight inside the courthouse, where a melee erupts between the Brotherhood and the local police. After battling his way through the ranks of the gang, Huff finally comes face-to-face with Chains.

Huff easily wins the fight and leaves the gang leader in police custody, but Chains suddenly breaks free and steals an officer's gun, intending to shoot Huff. A gunshot is heard, and Chains abruptly falls to the ground, having been shot by Huff's partner Lance. Huff then marches victoriously from the courthouse.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

The movie garnered poor reviews from critics.[6][7][8][9][10] Rotten Tomatoes reported that 29% of reviewers gave it a favorable review, with an average rating of 4.5 out of 10.[11] Brian Bosworth's performance in the film earned him a Razzie Award nomination for Worst New Star.

The film was a box office flop, drawing $2.8 million in its first week.[12] It eventually made $9 million domestically.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weinstein, Steve (1991-03-03). "MOVIES : The New Land of Boz : Football wasn't big enough for Brian Bozworth, says sports agent Gary Wichard, but Hollywood is just the ticket". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-12-20. 
  2. ^ "The Boz Aims For Film Fame". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 2010-12-20. 
  3. ^ Bates, James (1991-06-10). "But Spell the Movie B-O-M-B". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-12-20. 
  4. ^ Warren, James (1991-04-04). "Muscling in Brian Bosworth says it's time to retire Hollywood's over-the-hill gang". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2010-12-20. 
  5. ^ "Hollywood's New Action Toys". New York Magazine. Retrieved 2010-12-20. 
  6. ^ "Stone Cold". Entertainment Weekly. 1991-05-31. Retrieved 2010-12-20. 
  7. ^ "Stone Cold". Washington Post. 1991-05-21. Retrieved 2010-12-20. 
  8. ^ Holden, Stephen (1991-05-18). "Review/Film; A Football Star's Debut With Drug-Dealing Bikers". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-12-20. 
  9. ^ Wilmington, Michael (1991-05-20). "MOVIE REVIEWS It's a Bad, Bad, Bad Movie as Boz Busts Up Bad Boy Bikers". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-12-20. 
  10. ^ Florence, Mal (1991-05-28). "He's on Different Stage, Reviews Are the Same". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-12-20. 
  11. ^ "Stone Cold (1991) Reviews". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 18 February 2011. 
  12. ^ O'Neil, Danny (2010-08-14). "The search for Brian Bosworth". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2010-12-20. 
  13. ^ Meyers, Kate (1996-07-26). "No Boz Like Show Boz". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2010-12-20. 

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