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The Advocate (1993)

The Hour of the Pig (original title)
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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Firth ... Richard Courtois
Ian Holm ... Albertus
Donald Pleasence ... Pincheon
Amina Annabi ... Samira
Nicol Williamson ... Seigneur Jehan d'Auferre
Michael Gough ... Magistrate Boniface
Harriet Walter ... Jeannine Martin
Jim Carter ... Mathieu
Lysette Anthony ... Filette d'Auferre
Sophie Dix ... Maria
Vincent Grass ... Bailiff Labatier
Elizabeth Spriggs ... Madame Langlois
Raoul Delfosse Raoul Delfosse ... Blind George
Justin Chadwick ... Gerard d'Auferre
Jean-Pierre Stewart Jean-Pierre Stewart ... Sheriff
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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

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Country:

France | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Advocate See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$667,078
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Based on genuine Court proceedings against animals. 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.
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Alternate Versions

Originally rated NC-17 in the U.S., some sexually explicit material was cut to be re-rated R. 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
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Under-appreciated, rewarding film
6 November 2006 | by dannewsSee 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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