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Story

The Advocate is an intriguing medieval court drama set in the days when humans and animals were both known to contain the devil. Courtois, an educated lawyer (Colin Firth), leaves the big city to find peace in the countryside but finds murderous acts holding the small hamlet in fear. To the town folk, Courtois's intelligence is nearly as mysterious as witchcraft, which is all the talk of the day. Since we rarely see a movie set in this time period, it intrigues but doesn't teach beyond its initial premise: animals can go on trial. The film is supported by some wonderful character actors, including Ian Holm as a priest with very liberal views and Nicol Williamson as the unofficial king. Lots of naughtiness mostly played for laughs makes this the first thinking person's ribald classic. --Doug Thomas

Cast

Colin FirthRichard Courtois
Ian HolmAlbertus
Donald PleasencePincheon
Nicol WilliamsonSeigneur Jehan d'Auferre
Michael GoughMagistrate Boniface
Harriet WalterJeannine Martin
Jim CarterMathieu
Lysette AnthonyFilette d'Auferre
Sophie DixMaria

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Leslie Megahey
  • Producer: Buena Vista
  • Length: 102 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaAug 24, 1994
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaApr 5, 2005
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