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Counselor at Crime (1973)

Il consigliori (original title)
R | | Crime, Drama | July 1975 (USA)
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 »

Director:

Alberto De Martino

Writers:

Adriano Bolzoni (screenplay), Adriano Bolzoni (story) | 6 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tomas Milian ... Thomas Accardo
Martin Balsam ... Don Antonio Macaluso
Francisco Rabal ... Vincent Garofalo
Dagmar Lassander ... Laura Murchison
John Anderson ... Don Vito Albanese
Nello Pazzafini ... Killer (in "Polizzi Generosa")
Perla Cristal ... Dorothy
Carlo Tamberlani ... Don Michele Villabate
Manuel Zarzo ... Dorsiello
Franco Angrisano Franco Angrisano ... Torrillo
Fortunato Arena Fortunato Arena ... Uomo di Garofalo
Carlo Gaddi Carlo Gaddi ... Carlo
Giovanni Pallavicino Giovanni Pallavicino
Giovanni Carbone 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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Good with the law -- Better with a gun!

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Crime | Drama

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'Il Consigliori' is a must for Mob film and euro crime enthusiasts!
24 January 2014 | by Weirdling_WolfSee all my reviews

'Il Consigliori' (1973) is a Bootstrap tough mafia actioner starring exalted Euro-crime alumni, Martin Balsam, this time out playing, Don Maggadino, a powerful San Francisco mob boss. His consigliori (lawyer) is performed by the no less legendary actor, Tomas Milian, recently finished his jail sentence, and while he is happy to see his Don once again makes a seemingly optimistic choice to go straight. Needless to say, Maggadino doesn't approve, but wholly reluctantly allows him to go his own way. A short while later, Garafolo played by Euro cult hero, Francisco Rabal, becomes unhappy with the status quo and decides to orchestrate his own crime family, thus engendering a most bloody war between the rival factions. The consigiliori cannot bear to see his Don go down like that and, Milian, girding his considerable loins, armed to the nines prepares to defend him once again. This wonderful movie is a stone groove from the very get-go, containing all the exquisitely exciting elements of a 'poliziotto' genre, plus many entertaining motifs of a gritty mafia expose; including great sit-down meetings in restaurants, numerous sanguinary shoot-outs, two exhilarating car chases, and the requisite revenge bloodbath! The relationship between the always excellent Balsam and Milian in a more subdued role here is excellently realised. Great use is also made of urban San Francisco and rural Sicily for a truly rousing finale. Riz Ortolani provides yet another lush soundtrack, and Albert De Martino ('Blazing Magnum') again, proves himself to be a very capable director of exploitative fare. 'Il Consigliori' is a must for Mob film and euro crime enthusiasts alike.


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Language:

Italian

Release Date:

July 1975 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Telecolor)

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2.35 : 1
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