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The Devil's Advocate (1997)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mitch Weaver - Justice Department
Laura Harrington ...
Melissa Black
Mrs. Diana Barzoon
Lloyd Gettys (as Christopher Bauer)


Devil's Advocate thematically raises the preposition that 'is winning everything' in the legal profession.Does a lawyer commits the basic sin of Vanity if he believes his job is to win, as Kevin does. Further the movie in John Milton's trenchant speech questions the very notion of righteousness in the post-modern world. Milton's speech rips apart the whole discourse of religion when he presents the inherent contradiction of it. Kevin's dilemma reflects the modern man who accuses the circumstances for being what he is,the culture dominated by making money 'which build egos of the size of cathedral', the question is can one really call what one does 'freely-willed'?. The movie deals with these 'Hamltian questions' in a lawyer's mind. Written by amitbindal1857@gmail.com

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

17 October 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Devil's Advocate  »

Box Office


$57,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,170,536 (USA) (17 October 1997)


$60,984,028 (USA) (13 February 1998)

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Did You Know?


In order to prepare for her role in the film, Charlize Theron spent an hour a day over the three-month shooting period in NYC with a psychotherapist to "practice schizophrenia." See more »


When Barbara's father tries to attack Kevin in the courtroom at the beginning of the film, in the first shot he is stopped only by two security guards, but in the next shot - wider angle - Barbara's attorney can be seen standing and stopping him too, to again be calmly sitting in the next shot. See more »


[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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A beguiling experience
1 April 2005 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

This is one of the most intensely dark and beguiling movies I have seen. The purpose behind it is to create a moral drama about the fight between good and evil in a man, or the devil's everlasting quest to conquer man's soul. In retrospective, there are few movies I've seen that bring out such strong feelings in me. Specially the first hour. We follow a young couple, played by Reeves and Theron in her first big picture, who move to New York from the south when he is given a job as attorney in one of the biggest firms in the country. We see the change come in Kevin as he is introduced to a world of luxury and pleasure by his boss, THE DEVIL, played by old master Al Pacino.

The ending brings a new, unpredictable and great twist to the story. I will not give it away. The supporting cast is pretty strong, specially Jeffrey Jones who plays a senior partner in Lucifer Pacino's firm and who first arises the suspicion in Kevin/Keanu with his mysterious behaviour, and Connie Nielsen as Cristabella, an extremely hot Italian colleague who is the very symbol of temptation. Nielsen looked even better here than in "Gladiator" and her performance is also more interesting. Charlize Theron displayed her range here for the first time, showing she had a great potential to become a star with her mix of ethereal beauty and acting talent. Reeves was also very good as the hotshot attorney and his looks elevated his macho hero potential. Al Pacino didn't disappoint, but his performance here counts as one of his least spectacular.

This is a dark movie with elements of horror and some gore and sex thrown in for good measure. I think Taylor Hackford never did it better. He gave us something to ponder on while entertaining and scaring us at the same time. It is a film one can't forget.9/10

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