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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 & 2 nominations See more »
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An iconoclastic rebel See more (8 total) »

Cast

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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
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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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Quotes:
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 »
Movie Connections:
Features The Battle of Algiers (1966)See more »

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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
An iconoclastic rebel, 18 August 2009
Author: lreynaert from Belgium

This movie gives an astonishingly revealing picture of the outspoken French lawyer Jacques Vergès, who defended such controversial figures as the terrorist Carlos, the Nazi criminal Klaus Barbie or a member of the Algerian resistance against French rule, Djamila Bouhireb. Jacques Vergès even confirms that he would have defended Adolf Hitler IF he pleaded guilty (George Steiner did it in his formidable book 'In Bluebeard's Castle').

The movie reveals also the existence of a right-wing - religious financial network which provides judicial help for former fascists, like Nazi criminals. However, Barbet Schroeder could not uncover the exact nature of Jacques Vergès's pro-Palestinian actions or his support of the Red Khmer regime (on which he gives here, again controversially, a more or less positive comment) during the years of his life when he acted 'behind the scenes'.

This movie is a fascinating portrait of an iconoclastic rebel with a formidable intelligence and a profound analyzing capacity of the dark regions of man's nature and the amoral or immoral motives behind his behavior. By incorporating this behavior in a global context of 'a world at war, a resistance to a colonial rule or a defense of minorities', he could (can) denounce all the parties involved or attack frontally the existing global world order and its alleged morality. A must see.

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