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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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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

Filette d'Auferre: [to Courtois] The chamber in which I would keep you is warm and you should never want to leave it.
Lady Catherine d'Auferre: Oh! You are too forward, my dear.
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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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An over looked gem that satisfies
29 May 2013 | by gene-23See all my reviews

In 15th century France animals were held as responsible for their actions as humans. All of the court cases in the film are based on actual court records including the opening scene. A man and a donkey are about to be hanged for having carnal knowledge of each other. A local parish took up a petition attesting to the good character of the donkey; saying it would never have willingly participated and so it was pardoned on the spot. This really happened according to an interview on the radio. The main case is a pig charged with murder makes it a different kind of film noir. The costumes, sets and actors are superb. Subtle humor is sprinkled throughout. This is one of those rare films that left me and friends completely satisfied as having watched it.


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