Advocate

Advocate

3.0 2
Director: Leslie Megahey

Cast: Colin Firth, Ian Holm, Donald Pleasence

     
 

Leslie Megahey's 1993 controversial erotic thriller The Advocate comes to DVD from Buena Vista with an anamorphic widescreen transfer. Audio is available in English Dolby Digital Surround and Spanish Dolby Digital Stereo. There are no special features.See more details below

Overview

Leslie Megahey's 1993 controversial erotic thriller The Advocate comes to DVD from Buena Vista with an anamorphic widescreen transfer. Audio is available in English Dolby Digital Surround and Spanish Dolby Digital Stereo. There are no special features.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Genevieve Williams
Also called The Advocate, this is probably one of the stranger based-on-true-events crime dramas to emerge in the 1990s. It has all the trappings of a noir thriller -- apparently disparate plot elements that draw together like a net, a progressively less confused protagonist, supporting characters who offer cryptic utterances, and, of course, a mysterious woman -- but the setting, the French countryside in the late Middle Ages, is decidedly unusual. The plot turns upon the conceit -- based, the opening text tells us, on historical fact -- that medieval law allowed animals to be prosecuted on the same grounds as human beings. The opening scene provides dramatic illustration of the consequences of such thinking: A man and a donkey are about to be executed for the crime of bestiality; the donkey, however, is released based on testimony from character witnesses. Into this less-than-idyllic setting stumbles a naïve young lawyer (Colin Firth, who has since gone on to play less naïve and more buttoned-up characters) and his clerk (Jim Carter), who from the outset seems to know more about everything that's going on than his employer. The lawyer's comment, in an early case, that "Truth, as always, gentlemen, is simple" turns out to be the famous last words. The ensuing tangle involves the murder of a Jewish boy, the pig of the title framed as the killer, a band of itinerant Gypsies to whom the pig belongs, a jaded priest (Ian Holm), and a local landlord in little better state than the peasants he rules. The result is equal parts courtroom and historical drama, with some darkly funny moments and a clear understanding of the medieval mindset.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/01/2003
UPC:
0786936220254
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
R
Source:
Miramax
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
1:42:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Dolby Digital surround sound; Spanish-language track; Widescreen (1.85:1), enhanced for 16 x 9 televisions

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Colin Firth Richard Courtois
Ian Holm Albertus
Donald Pleasence Pincheon
Nicol Williamson The Seigneur
Lysette Anthony Filette
Amina Annabi Samira
Jim Carter Mathieu
Justin Chadwick Gerard
Michael Gough Magistrate Boniface
Harriet Walter Jeannine
Joyce Nettles Actor
Elizabeth Spriggs Madame Langlois
Emil Wolk Print Seller
Vincent Grass Bailiff Labatier
Raoul Delfosse Blind George
Jean-Pierre Stewart Sheriff
Dave Atkins Valliere
Francois Lalande Builder
Vernon Dobtcheff Apothecary
Sami Bouajila Mahmoud
Joanna Dunham Lady Catherine d'Auferre
Peter Hudson Sheriff's Officer
Charles Dale Witness
Roy Evans Travelling Player
Robert Putt Travelling Player
Ralph Nossek Poiccard
Michael Cronin Dark Stranger

Technical Credits
Leslie Megahey Director,Screenwriter
Stuart Brisdon Special Effects
Isabelle Dedieu Editor
Alexandre Desplat Score Composer
Dave Edwards Associate Producer
John Hooper Cinematographer
Bruce Macadie Production Designer
David M. Thompson Producer
Michael Wearing Executive Producer

Read More

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Wrongfully Condemned [4:19]
2. Country Pleasures [8:26]
3. Simple Truths [4:37]
4. Defending Beasts? [5:28]
5. An Appeal To Reason [7:28]
6. A Cock Crows [7:30]
7. The Witch's Prophecy [2:24]
8. Powers of Persuasion [4:55]
9. A Man Of Conviction? [4:18]
10. The State Vs. The Pig [8:11]
11. A Secret Order [7:58]
12. Just Tonight [3:05]
13. Closing Arguments [6:52]
14. The Object of Desire [5:21]
15. No Need For Fear [7:13]
16. A Guilty Pig? [6:37]
17. Parting Ways [5:08]
18. End Credits [2:17]

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >