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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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Leslie Megahey

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Leslie Megahey
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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

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,892, 28 August 1994

Gross USA:

$602,329

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$602,329
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The dream sequence is based on an Hieronymous Bosch painting. 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

Albertius: [looking at women in the public baths] Ah, there are sweet beasts and smelly beasts... there's a sweet one.
Richard Courtois: I can't stop thinking about them.
Albertius: Well, the Good Lord sent them to try us, and by Heaven he knew what he was doing.
[ducks underwater to cool off]
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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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Nice Bit of History
3 April 2004 | by konky2000See all my reviews

This film gives what feels like a realistic depiction of the medieval europe described in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. This is a world where the priest seems to have slept with all the women in town, the main Inn in town is also a brothel, and an animal could be hung for sodomy.

Stepping into this mess is a city lawyer intent on finding some peace and quiet in the country -- think "Northern Exposure" set during the 1450's.

There are some funny bits and a lot more sex than I was prepared for. In addition to the fact that animals could be tried in court, other bits of history are thrown in. The plight of the Jews, influence of landowners, corruption of the church and spread of the plague are all thrown in making the film something of a greatest hits of 1450, and that is ultimately the problem. While the film is busily touching on so many issues, it fails to deeply address any single one to the level I would have liked.

Another problem with the film is that everyone seemed to be wearing costumes that had just arrived fresh from the drycleaners. I mean its the middle ages! People back had only 1 or 2 outfits in their wardrobe. They were dirty, but this film doesn't give any of that, and that reduces some of the realism. It just never felt like anything other than a bunch of actors playing dress up.

So, while I learned something from the film, the lack of real dramatic tension, and a feeling that everyone was a little too clean cut meant that the film never engrossed me enough for me to fall in love with it.

The concept is great though, and I was left feeling that if this movie got the same treatment as the current HBO series 'Deadwood', it would make a great TV series.


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