"Stone" is a 1974 Australian cultfilm produced and directed by Sandy Harbutt. It was a low budget movie, written by Sandy Harbutt and Michael Robinson. The movie was a very successful box-office hit at the box-office in Australia when theatrically released in 1974. Reportedly, this movie went into profit within six months of its Australian theatrical debut in mid 1974. A number of the cast from this movie appeared later in the similar Australian cult movie Mad Max (1979). This included actors Hugh Keays-Byrne, Roger Ward, Vincent Gil, David Bracks and Reg Evans. "Stone" is somewhat considered a precursor to the mentioned Mad Max (1979). David Stratton states in his book 'The Last New Wave' that this movie " . . . bears many similarities to the [later] Mad Max (1979) and is, in a sense, its forerunner. Both deal with anti-social bikie gangs, both have as their title protagonist a policeman who is as rough as the criminals he's trying to capture, both feature characters with bizarre names . . . ". Even DVD releases of this movie have boasted a tagline suggesting this: "Before MAD MAX and THE ROAD WARRIOR There Was STONE". I saw this movie in the early 80s and I liked it then and when re-seeing it now my opinion hasnīt changed. Itīs not as good as "Mad Max", but within the low budget structure and at times the pretty dynamic filming "Stone" has something that hooks you to the story and the strange unlikeable characters straight away. Itīs gritty, raw, violent and has a lot of anti social behaviour, but at the same time you have the wish for personal freedom that makes up one of the strong pillars of the film. And I love the shooting of the bike riding scenes in the middle of the movie. Very nice.
It's an interesting bit of Ozploitation, happy to have had a chance to check it out.
Worth a rental.
Sidecars make great hearses.
Satanic Funerals are really lame, tho, somewhat loud.
Pros use crossbows. A what?!! A CROSS BEW!
Scene around the pinball machine with the arrow bolt sticking up at 28 minutes in is priceless.
"Being a criminal means being against pigs, and that means strict one jacket one vote democracy. you dig, pig?"
Satanic Ear piercing and wardrobe ceremonies are really lame too.
why wouldn't david letterman give toad a kiss?
Conspiracies can only happen in semi-dark rooms and in large lapel suits.
WHAT IS THE LAW!?!
"its particular, but when you have been conditioned into believing something and you blow it - i mean you really blow it - you get this incredible sense of shame, its funny, because you can always recognize fellow travelers. And when you ride bikes, man, I mean when you REALLY ride bikes, I suppose its inevitable." - Dr. Death.
awww. toady was frightened of gettin a kickin.
I thought the movie should have ended with the blood on the angel, but then I am a satanist.