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Counselor at Crime (1973)
"Il consigliori" (original title)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  July 1975 (USA)
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When the godson of San Francisco's crime lord asks permission to leave "the business," Don Antonio agrees, but reluctantly. Such behavior by either one is a violation of the code, and a ... See full summary »

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Don Antonio Macaluso
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Thomas Accardo
Francisco Rabal ...
Vincent Garofalo
Dagmar Lassander ...
Laura Murchison
Nello Pazzafini ...
Killer (in "Polizzi Generosa")
Perla Cristal ...
Dorothy
Carlo Tamberlani ...
Don Michele Villabate
Manuel Zarzo ...
Dorsiello
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Don Vito Albanese
Franco Angrisano ...
Torrillo
Fortunato Arena ...
Uomo di Garofalo
Carlo Gaddi ...
Carlo
Giovanni Pallavicino
Giovanni Carbone
Carla Mancini
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When the godson of San Francisco's crime lord asks permission to leave "the business," Don Antonio agrees, but reluctantly. Such behavior by either one is a violation of the code, and a bloody mob war breaks out. It is only through the strong support of his family connections in Sicily that Don Antonio is able to survive the mêlée and come out on top. Aghast at the situation he has caused, the godson becomes his leader's "consigliere," or Counselor at Crime. Written by Ørnås

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Mafiosi Martin Balsam and Tomas Milian are challenged by Francisco Rabal
8 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I watched a full screen print with an Italian sound track and English subtitles. This is a solid and enjoyable poliziottescho, told entirely from the point of view of mafia. It is derivative of "The Godfather", but there is room for many such stories within the mafia context. The only police elements are either corrupt cops or tangential, to add some suspense. The IMDb rating of 6.2, which means average, is about right.

The basic plot involves a contest between the capo, Martin Balsam, aided by his godson consigliori, Tomas Milian, against an underboss who wants to head the operation, Francisco Rabal. The acting, directing, music and location work are all fine, and so is the story -- as far as it goes. However, there is some abruptness to the story at certain points and some important off screen action that is only spoken of. This movie was already 99 minutes so I suppose they couldn't budget a longer movie, but to make this really good, they would have had to do that. On the other hand, they could have reduced the parts involving Milian's initial defection from the mob, reduced his girl friend's part (she didn't do much of anything anyway), and built up the strategic considerations and the actual war. The ways in which the Sicilians were helping Balsam when he went to Sicily could also have been built up.

As it stands, the script incorporated some elements familiar from "The Godfather" but there is just enough originality here in story, casting, action and locations to make this a worthwhile poliziottescho.


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