Terror's Advocate

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Terror's Advocate
Terror's Advocate.jpg
Directed by Barbet Schroeder
Produced by Rita Dagher
Narrated by Barbet Schroeder
Music by Jorge Arriagada
Cinematography Caroline Champetier
Jean-Luc Perréard
Edited by Nelly Quettier
Distributed by Les Films du Losange (France)
Magnolia Pictures (USA)
Release dates
  • 2007 (2007)
Running time
135 min.
Country France
Language English

Terror's Advocate (French: L'Avocat de la terreur) is a 2007 French documentary film directed by Barbet Schroeder. It is a portrait of controversial lawyer Jacques Vergès, who defended many terrorists and war criminals opposed by the West, including Algerian guerrilla Djamila Bouhired, Nazi butcher Klaus Barbie and Marxist-Leninist terrorist Carlos the Jackal.

The film premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.


The film received generally favorable reviews from critics. As of January 5, 2008, the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 85% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 40 reviews.[1] Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 75 out of 100, based on 17 reviews.[2]

Kenneth Turan of Los Angeles Times named it the 3rd best film of 2007 (along with Into Great Silence),[3] and J. Hoberman of The Village Voice named it the 8th best film of 2007.[3]

Director Wes Anderson included Terror's Advocate on a list of recommended films in the online newsletter Goop.[4]


  1. ^ "Terror's Advocate - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2008-01-05. 
  2. ^ "Terror's Advocate (2007): Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2008-01-05. 
  3. ^ a b "Metacritic: 2007 Film Critic Top Ten Lists". Metacritic. Archived from the original on 2008-01-02. Retrieved 2008-01-05. 
  4. ^ "Some Favorite Directors' Favorite Films". Goop. Archived from the original on 2015-11-07. Retrieved 2016-05-16. 

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