6.8/10
1,615
23 user 7 critic

The Advocate (1993)

The Hour of the Pig (original title)
Trailer
2:06 | Trailer
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 »

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Playmaker (1994)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A would-be actress uncovers horrifying files on other starlets.

Director: Yuri Zeltser
Stars: Colin Firth, Jennifer Rubin, John Getz
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Memoir of the lives of a family growing up on a post World War I British estate headed up by a strong disciplinarian, her daughter, her inventor husband, their ten year old son, and his ... See full summary »

Director: Hugh Hudson
Stars: Colin Firth, Rosemary Harris, Irène Jacob
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Five centuries ago a mural was created in a country church in the north of England and then hidden under layers of white paint. Looking at it again will be a distraction, the Rev. Mr. Keach... See full summary »

Director: Pat O'Connor
Stars: Colin Firth, Kenneth Branagh, John Atkinsons
Wings of Fame (1990)
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A famous movie actor (Peter O'Toole) claims that he has written a book. As result, a real author, not a very well known writer, vengenfully kills him but then dies as a result of an ... See full summary »

Director: Otakar Votocek
Stars: Peter O'Toole, Colin Firth, Marie Trintignant
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A man returns home with his bride-to-be, an actress, who turns out to be the sister of his family's maid.

Director: Eric Styles
Stars: Julie Andrews, Edward Atterton, William Baldwin
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A beautiful young single mother feels the pressure from the ex-pat Nigerian community to get married. Her precocious son has met his hero, a cynical English comic book writer and decides he... See full summary »

Director: Peter Schwabach
Stars: Colin Firth, Nia Long, Dan Lett
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Set in modern day Buenos Aires, the film centers around a relationship between two emotionally crippled roommates. Adrian LeDuc is a lonely sociopath who is forced to rent his insane ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Donovan
Stars: Hart Bochner, Colin Firth, Dora Bryan
Femme Fatale (1991)
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Joseph Price, a former artist (painter) and now nature park ranger, has fallen for a woman who he meets in the park. They get on really well and before long they're married, but Joe doesn't... See full summary »

Director: Andre R. Guttfreund
Stars: Colin Firth, Lisa Zane, Billy Zane
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A man moves his two daughters to Italy after their mother dies in a car accident, in order to revitalize their lives. Genova changes all three of them as the youngest daughter starts to see the ghost of her mother, while the older one discovers her sexuality.

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Stars: Colin Firth, Perla Haney-Jardine, Willa Holland
Camille (TV Movie 1984)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Camille is a courtesan in Paris. She falls deeply in love with a young man of promise, Armand Duval. When Armand's father begs her not to ruin his hope of a career and position by marrying ... See full summary »

Director: Desmond Davis
Stars: Greta Scacchi, Colin Firth, John Gielgud
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The story of a son's conflicting memories of his dying father.

Director: Anand Tucker
Stars: Jim Broadbent, Colin Firth, Juliet Stevenson
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Based on the life of the young Guy Burgess, who would become better known as one of the Cambridge Spies.

Director: Marek Kanievska
Stars: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Michael Jenn
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Richard Courtois
...
Albertus
...
Pincheon
Amina Annabi ...
Samira
...
Seigneur Jehan d'Auferre
...
Magistrate Boniface
...
Jeannine Martin
...
Mathieu
...
Filette d'Auferre
...
Maria
...
Bailiff Labatier
...
Madame Langlois
Raoul Delfosse ...
Blind George
...
Gerard d'Auferre
Jean-Pierre Stewart ...
Sheriff
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for elements of strong sexuality | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

24 August 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Advocate  »

Box Office

Gross:

$667,078 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Screen Two: The Hour of the Pig (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

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
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


15 of 23 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The Hour of the Pig vs. The Advocate adkmilkmaid
UK/US Andy Bolstridge
uncut TV screening simonlewis01
Discuss The Advocate (1993) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?