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The Counselor (2013)

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A lawyer finds himself in over his head when he gets involved in drug trafficking.

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Cast

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Cesar Aguirre ...
Truck Driver #1 (as César Aguirre)
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Truck Driver #2 (as Daniel Holguin)
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Malkina's Bodyguard
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Young Biker
Provence Maydew ...
Woman in Grocery Store
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Ruth
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Highway Patrolman
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Storyline

A rich and successful lawyer, the Counselor, is about to get married to his fiancée but soon becomes entangled in a complex drug plot with a middle-man known as Westray. The plan ends up taking a horrible twist and he must protect himself and his soon to be bride as the truth of the drug business is uncovered and targets are eliminated. Written by DJDC

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Sin Is A Choice.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for graphic violence, some grisly images, strong sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 October 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El abogado del crimen  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,842,930, 27 October 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$16,973,715, 8 August 2014

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$71,009,334, 8 August 2014
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

On August 20, 2012, Ridley Scott halted production of the film due to his brother Tony Scott's death. He canceled that week's shoot in order to travel to Los Angeles to be with his brother's family. Scott returned to London to resume production on September 3, 2012. See more »

Goofs

When the Counselor is in Amsterdam, the diamond dealer tells him an Asscher cut diamond is a "modern version of the old mine cut." In fact, old mine cuts are early versions of round brilliants (and sometimes look like modern cushions). An Asscher, by contrast, is a step cut, sometimes called a square emerald cut. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Laura: Are you awake?
Counselor: No. What time is it?
Laura: Two o'clock. Almost two o'clock.
Counselor: AM or PM?
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Connections

Featured in Film '72: Episode dated 10 December 2014 (2014) See more »

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Sweet Georgia Brown
Written by Ben Bernie, Kenneth Casey and Maceo Pinkard
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one of the greatest morality plays of all time...
27 November 2016 | by See all my reviews

Disguised as a suspense thriller ... and with a script to die for. Literally.

Oddly I was reminded of Claires Knee (1970) a film that was supposed to be about erotica but in fact, if you listened to the dialog, was also a morality play disguised as something else.

I will be honest -- I gave it a 9 and almost gave it a 10. That is because as a reviewer I look for flaws -- much the same same way one of the characters in this film first looks at a diamond.

And I found none. The cinematography, casting, acting, scripting, direction - all perfect.

That such a perfect film was created to tell an abstract story will be a loss to some viewers but a gain to others.

The script, pound for pound, almost has more memorable quotes than Godfather. I have seen a lot of films -- too many -- but will never forget the dialog about "coincidence" or "grief."

Highly recommended. A great film, but not an easy film.

And as good as Fassbinder is -- and he is -- Cameron Diaz steals the movie even with minimal screen time, using her eyes like a weapon, as far from her role in Charies Angels as the earth is from the moon.


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