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Terror's Advocate (2007)

L'avocat de la terreur (original title)
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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.

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Barbet Schroeder
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Credited cast:
Jacques Vergès ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bassam Abu Sharif Bassam Abu Sharif ... Self
Klaus Barbie ... Self (archive footage)
Abderrahmane Benhamida Abderrahmane Benhamida ... Self
Djamila Bouhared Djamila Bouhared ... Self
Bachir Boumaza Bachir Boumaza ... Self
Maître Brahimi Maître Brahimi ... Self
Louis Caprioli Louis Caprioli ... Self
Carlos Carlos ... Self (voice)
Nuon Chea Nuon Chea ... Self
Isabelle Coutant-Peyre Isabelle Coutant-Peyre ... Self
Jean-Paul Dollé Jean-Paul Dollé ... Self
Zohra Drif-Bitat Zohra Drif-Bitat ... Self (as Zohra Drif)
Guillaume Durand ... Self (archive footage)
Lionel Duroy Lionel Duroy ... Self
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An examination of the career of Jacques Vergès, attorney for members of Algeria's FLN, Palestine's FPLP, the Khmer Rouge, Carlos and associates, Klaus Barbie, and other revolutionaries and outcasts. Archival footage, news articles, and photographs mix with contemporary interviews of Vergès, friends, associates, and historians. Connections with Nazis are explored, as well as Vergès's marriage to Djamila Bouhared, his courtroom methods, his disappearance from 1970 to 1978, and the roots of his radicalism. Throughout, Vergès remains playful and charming, with a soupçon of arrogance. The film suggests Vergès's anti-colonial nature is at his center. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Dictators. Terrorists. War Criminals. Meet the man who defended them all.


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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."
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Referenced in At the Movies: The Best of 2007 (2007) See more »

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Don't Stare into the Abyss, Kids
20 July 2020 | by Tin_earSee all my reviews

A reminder that those that start out with the best intentions can become just as demented as the forces they are battling against. If not much worse. I suspect the reason the director made a straight documentary instead of a biographic film is that fact no one would believe such a character could possibly exist in real life.

Jacques Verges is the link that connects the most heinous figures of the twentieth century, but if you were just to go by his account you might almost be convinced he was a swell guy. The mental gymnastics this man performs to avoid admitting a single regret in his life is breathtaking (killing civilians kind of a gray area with Verges).

I suppose if you can convince yourself becoming Pol Pot's counsel and trusted confidante is worth abandoning your family for seven years, you are capable of justifying literally anything.


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Country:

France

Language:

French | German | English | Khmer

Release Date:

6 June 2007 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Terror's Advocate See more »

Filming Locations:

Algiers, Algeria See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,197, 14 October 2007

Gross USA:

$47,724

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,086,656
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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