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The Advocate (1993)

The Hour of the Pig (original title)
In medieval France, young lawyer Richard Courtois leaves Paris for the simpler life in the country. However, he is soon drawn into amorous and political intrigues. At the same time, he is ... See full summary »

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Richard Courtois
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Albertus
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Pincheon
Amina Annabi ...
Samira
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Seigneur Jehan d'Auferre
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Magistrate Boniface
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Jeannine Martin
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Mathieu
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Filette d'Auferre
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Maria
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Bailiff Labatier
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Madame Langlois
Raoul Delfosse ...
Blind George
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Gerard d'Auferre
Jean-Pierre Stewart ...
Sheriff
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In medieval France, young lawyer Richard Courtois leaves Paris for the simpler life in the country. However, he is soon drawn into amorous and political intrigues. At the same time, he is pushed to defend a pig, owned by the mysterious gypsy Samira. The pig has been arrested for the murder of a young boy. Written by Reid Gagle

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When murder is the motive, seduction is the last defense.


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Rated R for elements of strong sexuality | See all certifications »
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24 August 1994 (USA)  »

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$667,078 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Pincheon mentions the brain's "little eye" [in Courtois' dream], probably referencing early theories on the pineal gland. See more »

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In the epilogue crawl, the character name Mathieu is spelled once correctly, and in a subsequent paragraph as Mathiew. See more »

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Seigneur Jehan d'Auferre: You look lost, Maitre. There's the door.
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Quant Voi en la Fin D'este
Written by Perrin D'Agincourt
Performed by the St. George's Canzona
Counter-tenor, Derek Harrison
Arranged by John Sothcott
Courtesy of CRD Records
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Classic tale of Good vs. evil
29 January 2002 | by (FT. Lauderdale, FL) – See all my reviews

Firstly, this movie is based on true legal cases during the 15th century which makes it intriguing from the get go. It is based on Richard Cortois, played by Colin Firth, an Advocate who leaves a practice in Paris, to seek the simple country life in a village named Abbeville. What he finds is a quite different story. Country law applies to both man and beast and that is where much of the fun unfolds. The story centers mainly around the case against a pig accused of killing a Jewish child. Courtois, at first, finds the case a bit ridiculous, but finds that as the defense Advocate, he must represent the pig. He is also solicited by the pig's owner to try the case "as the pig is everything to them". As the story unfolds, it becomes evident that there is more here than meets the eye. The case becomes a symbol of maintaining order in the little country town. Courtois attempts to get to the bottom of the mystery and finds that other children have similiarly gone missing over the last year. He is provided a hint by a client tried for witchery saying "Look to the boy, Maitre". It is a great film on many levels and provides quite a bit of comic relief during the many trial sequences. Ian Holm, as the priest who has his own defination of good-which includes trysts with many of his lady parishoners, gives a worthy performance as does Nicole Williamson as the corrupt Seigneur. It is Colin Firth who shines in his wonderful portrayal of Richard Cortois, the one driving force of nobility and honor in the town rotten to the core with evil.


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