The Counsellor (2013)

R   |    |  Crime, Drama, Thriller

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

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  • Ridley Scott and Michael Fassbender at an event for The Counsellor (2013)
  • Penélope Cruz in The Counsellor (2013)
  • Brad Pitt in The Counsellor (2013)
  • Javier Bardem and Michael Fassbender in The Counsellor (2013)
  • Penélope Cruz and Michael Fassbender in The Counsellor (2013)
  • Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz at an event for The Counsellor (2013)

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Ridley Scott


Cormac McCarthy

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Javier Bardem's hair was the actor's own and inspired by film producer Brian Grazer's hairdo.


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


When the Counselor is in his car, on the phone with the Cartel lawyer, his watch band changes directions multiple times.

Alternate Versions

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 profanity and sexual references than the R-rated 'Theatrical Cut'.


Sweet Georgia Brown
Written by
Ben Bernie, Kenneth Casey and Maceo Pinkard


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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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