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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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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 ...
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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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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 »

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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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Albertius: In a world where nothing is truly reasonable, nothing is truly mad.
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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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One of my favorite movies
27 September 2004 | by (Pleasanton, Northern California) – See all my reviews

The quirkiness that another reviewer objects to is part of this movie's charm. The opening scene, a hanging, where one of the co-participants (a donkey) in an unnatural act is freed upon petition of the townspeople, is simply wonderful and sets the tone for what follows.

Not pointed out by any reviewers yet is that the director seems to have reproduced scenes out of European paintings (Flemish, I believe) - the deer in the inn, the man from the inquisition seated in the tavern, the innkeeper's wife and staff gathered to meet the lawyer when he arrives at the in, and more. The lighting, colors, and scene arrangement are faithfully reproduced. This is just one example of the charms of this movie, which is virtually unknown to the public.

And one of the most delicious parts is the witch's blessing. Whenever I lend or give away a copy of this, I pointedly give it with my own blessing.


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