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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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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

Appearing on the American talk show The Talk (2010) in 2012, Executive Producer Harvey Weinstein recalled this movie as being the worst movie he had worked on, a complete disaster, and urged the audience not to see it. 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

Samira: It was a nursery rhyme. It's the way you say it!
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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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Great British/European Film
8 September 2005 | by scarymonkey65See all my reviews

Just watched this film again on video (purchased off Ebay), and this film is simply magical.

I love films of all kinds from fantasy - Holes, Chocolat, Batman, through drama and thrillers, but what I love best is the telling of a story, and the way it's phrased. Hour of the Pig is just that, an excellent story developed in layers, that takes its time, because it does a fantastic job of developing the characters, mostly through the dying art of great dialogue, and some of the best British actors around.

Colin Firth and Ian Holm underpin an excellent cast, rich in dialogue, with a fantastic story. And there's the rub, you have to like stories, as there's very little action, just a fascinating twist through medieval France.

Films like this remind me why I go to the cinema which is where I first saw it over 10 years ago. It's a crime this doesn't have a DVD release.

It never goes for less than £10 secondhand, and often tops £15, for a secondhand VIDEO. Come on, whoever owns the rights to this, and get it out on DVD.


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