The Stone Killer
|The Stone Killer|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Michael Winner|
|Produced by||Michael Winner|
|Written by||John Gardner (Book: A Complete State of Death)
|Music by||Roy Budd|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Box office||$1,300,000 (US/ Canada rentals)|
The Stone Killer is a 1973 film starring Charles Bronson directed by Michael Winner. It came out in between The Mechanic and Death Wish, all three of which teamed up actor/director Bronson and Winner. Norman Fell and John Ritter appear as cops in this film, not too long before the TV series Three's Company. Character actor Stuart Margolin plays a significant role; he also appeared in Death Wish.
The film involves a plot by a present day (1973) Mafia don (Martin Balsam) to avenge the killings of a group of Mafia dons back in 1931 ("The Night of Sicilian Vespers") with a bold nationwide counter-strike against most of the current Italian and Jewish syndicate heads using teams of Vietnam vets instead of Mafia hit men.
Bronson plays a gritty, independent detective who stumbles across the plot when a washed-up former hit man is killed under circumstances that make it clear that it was an inside job and that Mafia were involved. He then slowly but surely uncovers the clues that point to a seemingly impossible plot. Who waits 42 years for revenge?
Bronson's character is vintage Bronson; he is forced to resign from the NYPD after he shoots and kills an armed teenager. Later, after being hired by the LAPD he comes under scrutiny again after he runs over a suspect who has fired at him.
- "Big Rental Films of 1973", Variety, 9 January 1974 p. 60
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