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'Il Consigliori' is a tough mafia actioner starring Euro Crime alumni, Martin Balsam, this time playing, Don Maggadino, a powerful San Francisco mob boss. His consigliori (lawyer) played by the legendary, 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 reluctantly allows him to go his own way. A short while later, Garafolo played by eurio cult hero, Francisco Rabal becomes unhappy with the status quo and decides to orchestrate his own crime family, thus engendering a bloody war between the rival factions. The consigiliori cannot bear to see his Don go down and, Milian armed to the nines prepares to defend him once again. This movie is a stone groove from the get-go containing all the gonzoid elements of a poliziotti plus many entertaining motifs of a gritty mafia expose; including great sit-down meetings in restaurants, numerous 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 obsessive’s.


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