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The Counselor

117 min | 138 min (extended cut)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
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Ridley Scott
4 wins & 3 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 2013-10-25
Filming Locations: London, England, UK
Budget: $25,000,000
Opening Weekend: $7,842,930 (USA) (27 October 2013)
Gross: $16,973,715 (USA) (8 August 2014)
Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt
The Counselor
Cameron Diaz
Cameron Diaz
The Counselor
Natalie Dormer
Natalie Dormer
The Counselor
Michael Fassbender
Penélope Cruz
Javier Bardem
Bruno Ganz
Diamond Dealer
Rosie Perez
Rubén Blades
Goran Visnjic
Édgar Ramírez
Priest (as Edgar Ramírez)
Dean Norris
Sam Spruell
Alex Hafner
Highway Patrolman
Andrea Deck
Watching Girl
Toby Kebbell
Gerard Monaco
Hotel Waiter
Juan José Rodríguez
Junkyard Man (as Juan José Rodriguez)
Cesar Aguirre
Truck Driver #1
Daniel Holguín
Truck Driver #2
Christopher Obi
Malkina's Bodyguard
Paris Jefferson
Dar Dash
Emma Rigby
Tony's Girlfriend
Eben Young
Bike Clerk
Richard Brake
Second Man
Velibor Topic
Sedan Man
Alexander Biggie
Junkyard Boy #1
Pablo Paredes
Junkyard Boy #2
Cavassa Ventura
Third Man Killer
Frank Spano
Man With Bar
Alejandro Marzal
Man With Pistol
Fernando Cayo
Carlos Julio Molina
Donna Air
Marco Tulio Luna
Cafe Man (as Marco Tulio Luna Ramirez)
Lidia Cardona
Mourning Lady (as Lida Cardona)
Roger Dalmases
Delivery Boy
Julien Vialon
Maître D'
Vic Blickem
Partygoer (uncredited)
Eva Dagoo
Pole Dancer (uncredited)
Robert Dukes
Waiter (uncredited)
Mark Haldor
Diner (uncredited)
John Hugill
Scared Dad (uncredited)
Chris Marchant
Leisure Attendant (uncredited)
Arthur Max
Cartel Man (uncredited)
Provence Maydew
Woman in Grocery Store (uncredited)
Cesar Miramontes
Himself (uncredited)
William Henry Mulvihill
Scared Boy 2 (uncredited)
Alan D. Purwin
Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)
Jurgen Schwarz
Jeff (Columbian Drug Dealer) (uncredited)
Mark Shrimpton
Motorcycle Showroom Manager (uncredited)
Josh Spear
Musician - Dixieland Band (uncredited)
Alex Spijksma
Lawyer (uncredited)
Pablo Verdejo
Sedan Man 2 (uncredited)
Josh Wichard
Teen Playing Frisbee (uncredited)
Did you know?
Westray's (Brad Pitt) sidewalk death scene was scaled back because it was deemed too violent by the MPAA.
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In the refurbished nightclub the camera shifts focus from the Counselor to a large b/w photo of actor Steve McQueen in a sailor's uniform. It's a still from The Sand Pebbles (1966). McQueen shot Sam Peckinpah's The Getaway (1972) in El Paso, Texas where this scene of The Counselor (2013) is set and died nearby in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico on November 7, 1980 after a risky and unsuccessful cancer surgery. Except from the still photo there is also a verbal reference to McQueen himself: He remarked once on his lifelong love of motor racing: "Racing is life. Anything before or after is just waiting." Screenwriter Cormac McCarthy adapted McQueen's well-known quote into the following line of dialogue: "Life is being in bed with you. Everything else is just waiting."
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The outfit in the final scene of Cameron Diaz had no hood which was specifically added on her request.
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When Malkina retrieves the user name and password to Westray's laptop from the blonde woman, she remarks that the password is "five digits", as shown on the hand written note. When Westray's laptop is stolen on the street, Malkina enters an eight character password.
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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.
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When the two policemen approach the truck they stop their car in the middle of the road. At the end of the scene the police car is on the right side of the road.
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Reiner: I don't know what
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Malkina: To see quarry, killed with elegance, it's just moving to me.
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Malkina: I can see you're blushing. OK, we'll change the subject. Laura: Good.
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What are the differences between the Theatrical Version and the Unrated Extended Version?
The 'Unrated Extended Cut' is 20 minutes longer than the 'Theatrical Cut' (117 min.) and runs nearly 138 minutes. It features new scenes, extended scenes and a little alternative footage. Some scenes are extended substantially, for example the philosophical dialogue between the Counselor and the Diamond Dealer and between the Counselor and the Cartel Leader. In this version the Diamond Dealer is characterized as a Sephardic Jew from Spain with a tragic past involving a deceased woman. The Cartel Leader's extended monologue gains nearly apocalyptic qualities. The sex scene at the beginning is longer and contains stronger sexual activity from Laura. The sexually ambiguous relationship between Laura and Malkina is explored deeper in an additional scene. Reiner tells more anecdotes about his former girlfriends, friends and what he 'learned' about women. The dialogue scenes with Westray contain more details about the unpredictable dangers of the drug trade. The notorious death scene of Westray is extended and more graphic. The 'Unrated Extended Cut' contains in general more sexual references, violence and profanity than the R-rated 'Theatrical Cut'. A detailed comparison between both versions with pictures can be found here.
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Brad Pitt Cameron Diaz John Leguizamo Barbara Durkin Giannina Facio Natalie Dormer Richard Cabral
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