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The Advocate (1993)
"The Hour of the Pig" (original title)

 -  Crime | Drama | History  -  24 August 1994 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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
Elizabeth Spriggs ...
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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Appearing on the American talk show "The Talk" in 2012, Harvey Weinstein(an executive producer on the film), recalled 'The Hour of the Pig' as being the worst film he had worked on - a complete disaster and urged the audience not to see it. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Richard Courtois: There must be priests in Hell.
Albertius: Can't move for them.
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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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Great British/European Film
8 September 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Just watched this film again on video (purchased off Ebay), and this film is simply magical.

I love films of all kinds from fantasy - Holes, Chocolat, Batman, through drama and thrillers, but what I love best is the telling of a story, and the way it's phrased. Hour of the Pig is just that, an excellent story developed in layers, that takes its time, because it does a fantastic job of developing the characters, mostly through the dying art of great dialogue, and some of the best British actors around.

Colin Firth and Ian Holm underpin an excellent cast, rich in dialogue, with a fantastic story. And there's the rub, you have to like stories, as there's very little action, just a fascinating twist through medieval France.

Films like this remind me why I go to the cinema which is where I first saw it over 10 years ago. It's a crime this doesn't have a DVD release.

It never goes for less than £10 secondhand, and often tops £15, for a secondhand VIDEO. Come on, whoever owns the rights to this, and get it out on DVD.


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