Counselor at Crime

Counselor at Crime (Italian: Il consigliori, also known as The Counsellor) is an Italian-Spanish crime film directed by Alberto De Martino.[2][3][4]

Counselor at Crime
Directed byAlberto de Martino
Screenplay by
Story by
  • Adriano Bolzoni
  • Vincenzo Flamini
  • Leonardo Martin
  • Arlberto de Martino[1]
Produced byEdmondo Amati[1]
CinematographyAristide Massaccesi
Edited byOtello Colangeli[1]
Music byRiz Ortolani[1]
  • Capitolina Produzioni Cinematografiche
  • Star S/A
Distributed byFida Cinematografica
Release date
  • August 30, 1973 (1973-08-30) (Italy)
Running time
100 minutes
Box office685.486 million



Counselor at Crime was filmed at Cinecitta in Rome, Estudios Cinematograficos in Madrid and on location in San Francisco, Albuquerque, Palermo and Sicily.[1]

The cinematography was done by Joe D'Amato, who was credited under his birthname Aristide Massaccesi.[1] Director Alberto de Martino spoke positively on working with D'Amato, stating that he "didn't talk nonsense, he knew how to do his job, and he was quick. It took him a couple of seconds to understand how to light a scene. And whenever he was in trouble with the lighting, he would take the camera in his own hands".[1]

De Martino admitted to having trouble during the screenwriting of the film, stating that he initially wrote the script with his collaborators.[1] They later hired Leonardo Martin to write another part and when they gave the script to producer Edmondo Amati, he stated that it was alright but wanted the dialogue to be revised by his friend Michael Gazzo.[1] A month later, Gazzo sent him a script that was entirely re-written.[1][5]

De Martino also spoke about Dagmar Lassander, stating that he "cast her in Rome a couple of months before shooting started. She'd just had a baby and I told her she had to lose weight. She said 'Of course, one month's a long time!".[5] When arriving in Albuquerque, she had not lost the weight and De Martino kept her in the film as he would not be able to find a replacement.[5]


Counselor at Crime was released in Italy on August 30, 1973 where it was distributed by Fida Cinematografica.[1] The film grossed a total of 685,486,000 Italian lire in Italy.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Curti 2013, p. 79.
  2. ^ Roberto Chiti; Roberto Poppi; Enrico Lancia. Dizionario del cinema italiano: I film. Gremese, 1991. ISBN 8876059350.
  3. ^ Roberto Curti (2006). Italia odia: il cinema poliziesco italiano. Lindau, 2006. ISBN 8871805860.
  4. ^ Paolo Mereghetti. Il Mereghetti. B.C. Dalai Editore, 2010. ISBN 8860736269.
  5. ^ a b c Curti 2013, p. 80.


  • Curti, Roberto (2013). Italian Crime Filmography, 1968-1980. McFarland. ISBN 978-0786469765.

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