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Terror's Advocate (2007) More at IMDbPro »L'avocat de la terreur (original title)

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Terror's Advocate -- A documentary on Jacques Verg�s, the controversial lawyer and former Free French Forces guerrilla who has defending unpopular figures such as Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie and Holocaust denier Roger Garaudy.
Terror's Advocate -- Clip: Nazi War Criminal Klaus Barbie
Terror's Advocate -- A documentary on Jacques Verg�s, the controversial lawyer and former Free French Forces guerrilla who has defending unpopular figures such as Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie and Holocaust denier Roger Garaudy.
Terror's Advocate -- Clip: I'd Defend Bush

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Release Date:
6 June 2007 (France) See more »
Tagline:
Dictators. Terrorists. War Criminals. Meet the man who defended them all.
Plot:
A documentary on Jacques Vergès, the controversial lawyer and former Free French Forces guerrilla who has defending unpopular figures such as Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie and Holocaust denier Roger Garaudy. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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3 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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documentaries don't get much better than this See more (9 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Jacques Vergès ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bassam Abu Sharif ... Himself

Klaus Barbie ... Himself (archive footage)
Abderrahmane Benhamida ... Himself
Djamila Bouhared ... Herself
Bachir Boumaâza ... Himself
Maître Brahimi ... Himself
Louis Caprioli ... Himself
Carlos ... Himself (voice)
Nuon Chea ... Himself
Isabelle Coutant-Peyre ... Herself
Jean-Paul Dollé ... Himself
Zohra Drif-Bitat ... Herself (as Zohra Drif)

Guillaume Durand ... Himself (archive footage)
Lionel Duroy ... Himself
Claude Faure ... Himself
David Flinchheimer ... Himself
Horst Franz ... Himself
Rolande Giraud-Arnaud ... Herself
Tep Khunal ... Himself
Hans-Joachim Klein ... Himself
Magdalena Kopp ... Herself
Alain Marsaud ... Himself
Gilles Menage ... Himself (as Gilles Ménage)
Claude Moniquet ... Himself
Raymond Muelle ... Himself (as Colonel Raymond Muelle)
Anis Naccache ... Himself
Karim Pakradomi ... Himself
Yacef Saadi ... Himself (as Yacef Saâdi)

Barbet Schroeder ... Récitant / Narrator (voice)
Oliver Schröm ... Himself
Siné ... Himself
Mahab Suleiman ... Himself
Martine Tigrane ... Herself
Patricia Tourancheau ... Herself
Neda Vidakovic ... Herself
Tobias Wunschik ... Himself

Directed by
Barbet Schroeder 
 
Produced by
Brahim Chioua .... co-producer
Rita Dagher .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jorge Arriagada 
 
Cinematography by
Caroline Champetier 
Jean-Luc Perréard 
 
Film Editing by
Nelly Quettier 
 
Production Management
Sylvie Balland .... production manager
Christina Crassaris .... post-production supervisor
Anne-Sophie Potier .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eugénie Grandval .... collaborating director
 
Sound Department
Stéphane Bucher .... sound mixer
Yves Coméliau .... sound
Nicolas d'Halluin .... sound recordist
Dominique Hennequin .... sound
Pierre Martens .... sound effects editor
Béatrice Wick .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
Wulff Jeremy .... digital compositor
Sabine Lineres .... digital compositor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Andre Chemetoff .... assistant camera
Jean-Baptiste Chesnais .... camera operator
Emmanuel Demorgon .... gaffer
Léo Hinstin .... first assistant camera
Laurent Usse .... key grip
 
Editorial Department
Sophie Denize .... digital intermediate producer
Le Guen Jean-Baptiste .... digital film supervisor
Alexandra Pocquet .... colorist
Christian Riffard .... post-production
Elif Uluengin .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Colonne .... score music performed by
Orchestre Colonne .... music performed by
Eugenia Melian .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Sophie Saleyron .... press attache: France
Pierre Selinger .... production attorney
Jean-Pierre Vincent .... press attache
 
Thanks
Prosper Keating .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"L'avocat de la terreur" - France (original title)
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France:135 min
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Jacques Vergès:I was asked "Would you defend Hitler?" I said "I'd even defend Bush! But only if he agrees to plead guilty."See more »
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
documentaries don't get much better than this, 30 November 2008
Author: marymorrissey from United States

the film begins with a credit, as stated in other reviews, that it represents the point of view of the director. the material is ambiguous but it seems to me pretty clear that Schroder respects Verges. I disagree strongly with the person who imagines it'd be more "interesting" to watch a doc about lawyers who represent people they despise and wonder what at all would be interesting about that. yes the film leaves some questions unanswered and in the interest of covering more ground on its subject does not get bogged down with some details about the role in history of some of the figures involved. this hardly means that the film was formless, incoherent, but as another reviewer mentioned the film requires the viewer to think, does not hand over conclusions wrapped up in a nice package with a bloody bow on top. It seems indisputable that Verges was a *collaborator* with those of his clients involved in "the struggle" against colonialism, whom he viewed as nothing more or less than soldiers, some honorable and some not so much. He took on the indefensible case of barbie to hold up a mirror to France's record in algeria. I don't really understand peoples' confusion about schroder's point of view of this complicated but far from unfathomable character. I appreciate that this film points the way to other viewing cf the battle of algiers.

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