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Film / Stone Cold

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A 1991 action film starring Brian Bosworth, Lance Henriksen and William Forsythe.

Joe Huff, a cop on suspension, is forced to infiltrate a biker gang known as the Brotherhood. Under the alias John Stone, he has deal to with many trials and tribulations from the gang, and comes to learn that they are planning to assassinate a district attorney, who is going to charge one of their members with murder.


This film has examples of:

  • Action Prologue: Huff thwarting a store robbery.
  • All Bikers Are Hells Angels: The Brotherhood is a savagely violent Neo-Nazi biker gang that fights with the Mafia over control of the crank trade and plots to assassinate a hard-nosed District Attorney who pledged to crack down on their activities.
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: Many reviews have stated that the major plot point regarding the D.A. appealing a guilty verdict and demanding a harsher sentence is impossible and against the Fifth Amendment. However, even though the USA have an unusal law which prohibits the prosecution from appealing to acquitting verdicts in criminal cases, the prosecution can still appeal to guilty verdicts and demand harsher sentences. Such appeals are a common practice[1] all over the world.
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  • The Bad Guy Wins: It's a Pyrrhic Victory, since Huff and his fellow cops wipe them out for it, but The Brotherhood is nevertheless able to pull off their hit on the D.A.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Near its end, the movie makes it seem like Joe is going to brutally kill the unarmed Big Bad in cold blood. However, he just beats him up a bit (not enough, since he attacks him again soon afterwards) and then "fires" an empty gun at his head.
  • Big Bad: Chains Cooper, the leader of the Brotherhood.
  • Blown Across the Room: Anyone hit with a shotgun blast endures this trope. The opening credits sequence in particular shows a biker gang member in a church using a sawed-off shotgun to shoot a minister, who proceeds to fly into the air and through a stained glass window.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Literal example – Lance is the one who kills the Big Bad in the end.
  • Cowboy Cop: Huff is on suspension from police work due to using excessive violence against criminals.
  • Destroy the Security Camera: The film opens with this as a CCTV POV pans across a supermarket until a grinning robber with a shotgun pops up into view and blasts it.
  • The Dragon: Ice (William Forsythe) is this, as well as the Disc-One Final Boss.
  • Decapitation Presentation: Chains gives a gift of a fullface motorbike helmet to a couple of mafiosi at a restaurant. One says, "I don't ride", but then lifts up the visor to find the head of a colleague is inside.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Joe fights The Dragon Ice (William Forsythe) halfway amidst a bike chase halfway through the movie.
  • Epunymous Title: In regards of the main character John Huff's alias, John Stone.
  • Failure Hero: All of Huff's plans to stop the Brotherhood with proper police procedures fail, and while he shoots all the bad guys by the end, it is only after their big plan succeeded.
  • Fanservice: Our hero answers the door for Lance just wearing skimpy black briefs. Then Lance finds there's a beautiful woman in his bed.
    Joe: What's the matter, Lance? Haven't you ever seen one of those before?
    Lance: Yeah, but...not quite that well made.
  • Kill the Cutie: Beautiful Nancy (Arabella Holzbog) is killed by the Big Bad.
  • Non-Actor Vehicle: This was the first film role for the American Football player Brian Bosworth.
  • Sarcastic Confession: Joe tells Nancy that he is an undercover cop in a sarcastic tone that makes her dismiss this true statement as a lie.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Chains alludes to this by telling one of his soon-to-be-murder victims that " moments like this I think of my father's last words, which were... 'Careful son, that gun's loaded!'"
  • Stupid Evil: The Brotherhood wants to murder the D.A. for pledging to crack down on their activities. The crackdown isn't in response to their drug running or warring with the local mafia, but is instead the direct result of the gang bringing tons of unnecessary heat on themselves by murdering judges, clergymen and National Guardsmen, often just for shits and giggles.
  • Unconventional Smoothie: Huff makes a smoothie out of all sorts of odd ingredients (vegetables, raw meat, leftover pizza, candy bars, etc.), but it turns out to just be food for his pet iguana.
  • William Telling: During a Brotherhood meeting, Ice and some other biker take turns to do this to each other with beer cans. It ends with Ice whipping out an uzi to do the shooting, which somehow results in no fatalities.


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