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The Devil's Advocate (1997)

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An exceptionally adept Florida lawyer is offered a job at a high-end New York City law firm with a high-end boss - the biggest opportunity of his career to date.

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Taylor Hackford

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Andrew Neiderman (novel), Jonathan Lemkin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keanu Reeves ... Kevin Lomax
Al Pacino ... John Milton
Charlize Theron ... Mary Ann Lomax
Jeffrey Jones ... Eddie Barzoon
Judith Ivey ... Mrs. Alice Lomax
Connie Nielsen ... Christabella Andreoli
Craig T. Nelson ... Alexander Cullen
Tamara Tunie ... Mrs. Jackie Heath
Ruben Santiago-Hudson ... Leamon Heath
Debra Monk ... Pam Garrety
Vyto Ruginis ... Mitch Weaver - Justice Department
Laura Harrington ... Melissa Black
Pamela Gray ... Mrs. Diana Barzoon
George Wyner ... Meisel
Chris Bauer ... Lloyd Gettys (as Christopher Bauer)
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Storyline

Kevin Lomax, a ruthless young Florida attorney that never lost a case, is recruited by the most powerful law firm in the world. In spite of his mother's disagreement, which compares New York City to Babylon, he accepts the offer and the money that comes along. But soon, his wife starts feeling homesick as she witnesses devilish apparitions. However, Kevin is sinking in his new cases and pays less and less attention to his wife. His boss and mentor, John Milton, seems to always know how to overcome every problem and that just freaks Kevin right off. Written by Steve Richer <[email protected]>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The newest attorney at the world's most powerful law firm has never lost a case. But he's about to lose his soul. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, nudity, violence and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Warner

Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English | German | Italian | Mandarin | Spanish

Release Date:

17 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Devil's Advocate See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$57,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,170,536, 19 October 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$60,984,028, 15 February 1998

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$152,944,660, 31 December 1998
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

John Milton (Al Pacino) is heard and shown speaking several different languages to show that Satan (like evil) knows no boundaries. Also, a figure of ultimate evil is common in all religions worldwide. See more »

Goofs

By the position of the Empire State Building (which is on Milton's left in one wide angle) visible in the far background behind Milton in his close-ups while Milton and Lomax are talking on the rooftop, it's obvious that Milton is not actually standing on the edge during those close-ups. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Florida Prosecutor: Go on, Barbara.
Barbara: We go back to our homeroom for dismissal. Unless you have a pass for sports or somethin'.
Florida Prosecutor: And is that what you did on the day in question?
Barbara: No. Mr. Gettys asked me to stay after class.
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Alternate Versions

In the version released for USA premium cable channels (premiering September 19, 1998 on HBO) as well as later releases on home video, the following changes were made in response to the lawsuit regarding the large white statue in Milton's office: in all the early scenes in his office, the statue has been changed. It looks much like the original with one major difference - there are no people in it. Instead, it's just an abstract swoosh of white waves. This was digitally inserted by Warner's effects department, and they did what must be said is an amazing job - the overlay is completely seamless, even following the random camera motions around the office. Later at the climax, when Lomax first arrives at Milton's office for the showdown and we hear Milton's voice bouncing around the office, the statue starts swirling to life. It comes to a rest in the form seen in the original version of the movie, with all the human forms in it, as Milton makes his appearance. From that point on, the scene remains the same as in the original. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Rosemary's Baby (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

It's Easy to Say
(1979)
Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Robert Wells
Performed by Michael Lang
Courtesy of Varèse Sarabande Records, Inc.
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What makes this movie very disturbing at the same time makes it amazing
29 July 2016 | by DVR_BraleSee all my reviews

Evil promises everything but gives away nothing. This quote, which I like very much, sums up the point of The Devil's Advocate.

In this movie skillful lawyer goes to New York to pursue career of his dreams. He makes many compromises with his conscience on the way and even starts to neglect his romantic relationship.

It's really unbelievable that this movie isn't more popular than it is. It's got all the elements of a serious, adult thriller. It is true, however, that this is a very disturbing portrayal of someones life going down the spiral. What makes this movie great, makes this movie disturbing and vice versa.

We've all seen many movies devoting to much time to unnecessary violence only to disturb you, not to utilize it so that story line actually benefits from it.

However, all the violence, nudity and disturbing material in The Devil's Advocate fit nicely with the plot. I don't remember anything disturbing not being in concordance with moral of the story - that is to point out to viewer how the Evil actually operates.

Now recall the book of Genesis chapter 3, verse 1: "Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made."

Many movies have portrayed Satan as an ugly, violent monster often not intelligent enough. This movie portrays the Evil one as it actually is: intelligent, subtil, patient, taunting, masquerading as the angel of light. And one more thing: He hates God. His true call is to convince people loving God does not exist.

If you're looking for a movie which provocatively raises philosophical and theological questions in a way a book never could, look no further.


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