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The Counselor

Rated R 117 minutes 2013

An American attorney in Mexico (Michael Fassbender) gets involved in a $20 million cocaine deal with a local badass (Brad Pitt) and soon runs afoul of a merciless international drug cartel. Like Oliver Stone's Savages, this tony crime thriller exploits the brutality of the Central American drug trade for shock value but transpires mainly in the cool, moneyed world of the callous rich. Because it was scripted by Cormac McCarthy, the characters dispense studiously grim and cynical dialogue, and because it was directed by Ridley Scott, their inner lives matter less than their jewels, designer clothing, and fashionably spare living spaces. With Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, and Cameron Diaz.

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Director: Ridley Scott

Producer: Ridley Scott, Steve Schwartz, Nick Wechsler, Paula Schwartz, Cormac McCarthy, Mark Huffam, Michael Schaefer and Michael Costigan

Cast: Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt, Bruno Ganz, Rosie Perez, Sam Spruell, Toby Kebbell, Natalie Dormer and Goran Visnjic

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