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

R  |   |  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:
Richard Courtois
Amina Annabi ...
Seigneur Jehan d'Auferre
Magistrate Boniface
Jeannine Martin
Filette d'Auferre
Bailiff Labatier
Elizabeth Spriggs ...
Madame Langlois
Raoul Delfosse ...
Blind George
Gerard d'Auferre
Jean-Pierre Stewart ...


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 »





Release Date:

24 August 1994 (USA)  »

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The Advocate  »

Box Office


$667,078 (USA)

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Did You Know?


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 »


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


Richard Courtois: [Awakens from a dream] Now why did I see that face?
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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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Under-appreciated, rewarding film
6 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film deserves to be far better known. It's clever, fun, and a terrific balance of successful Hollywood pacing with non-traditional, non-Hollywood storytelling.

Yes, it's a historical murder mystery. But it's a film about excess, as is the recent Marie Antoinette, but this one is darker and more substantive. The dialogue is sharp, often funny, and vaguely unsettling.

Like all good films, several elements work together. The photography, the costuming, the soundtrack, and the characterization all underscore the script's emphasis on indulgence. It's really very well done.

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