the stone killer

Director: michael winner (death wish, the sentinel)

Starring: charles bronson, martin balsam, norman fell, and Paul koslo

 

REVIEWER: lyall carter

★★★

An ex-New York detective learns a 1930s mobster has formed a killer elite to settle a gangland score.

Top detective Lou Torrey is transferred to Los Angeles and uncovers a plot by a Sicilian mafioso to use Vietnam War veterans to murder all his enemies in a rerun of the "Sicilian Vespers" when the previous generation of Sicilian mafiosi were all killed on a single day. Detective Torrey must follow the clues to stop the murderous plot dead in its tracks.

Before The Stone Killers came across the reviewing desk I hadn't really heard of Charles Bronson but I did recognise that chiselled moustached face from somewhere. And Bronson is typical of the 70's inner city cop stereotype with the all the tough as nails dialogue to go with it. 

Bronson really pulls it off and is a great lead to watch command the screen. The film flies along at a good and gripping pace with some tense shoot out scenes throughout. Unfortunately there is some unchallenged racist language that is used and, I'm assuming, is sadly indicative of the the time in which it was made. 

A solid cop thriller with the moustached no nonsense Charles Bronson firmly in charge. 

★★★

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The Stone Killer is available on DVD from all good disc retailers. 

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