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Devil's Advocate (1997)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller  |  17 October 1997 (USA)
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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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Lloyd Gettys (as Christopher Bauer)
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Storyline

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

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Box Office

Budget:

$57,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

£5,121,101 (UK) (27 February 1998)
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The character Kevin Lomax's name may be a reference to being a "Low MACH." This is a term used to describe those people scoring below 60/100 on the MACH-IV test used by personality and social psychologists to measure "Machiavellianism" which is a measure of a person's tendency to manipulate and deceive others for personal gain. E.g. "Low MACHs" tend to agree with the following statements (taken from the test): No. 7.) "There is no excuse for lying to someone else." No. 11.) "Most people who get ahead in the world lead clean, moral lives." These are precisely some of the personal moral issues faced by the character in the film. See more »

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When Milton and Kevin meet for the first time, Kevin says he worked in the Jacksonville DA (district attorney) office for 5 years. Florida doesn't have district attorneys. It would have been the Jacksonville State Attorney's Office. See more »

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[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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Paint It Black
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Written by Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Performed by The Rolling Stones
Produced by Andrew Loog Oldham (as Andrew Oldham)
By Arrangement with ABKCO Music & Records, Inc.
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17 December 2003 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

What a surprisingly rewarding film. I have not watched a film that is so engaging for a long while. I had never even heard of the film before and only saw it by chance on the shelf at the video store. I am glad I picked it up as I enjoyed every minute of it. The Devil's advocate is heavy viewing, it is not a light cinema experience, yet it is rewarding in it's heaviness. It is very clever depicting the devil realistically and giving a totally truthful example of how people can un-knowingly be sucked in by evil. The film though dealing with a unrealistic concept is totally believable due the the fantastic acting by all involved. Keanu Reeves gives the performance of a life time, he is perfectly cast opposite Charliez Theron who is also very impressive. The two posses an obvious chemistry. I recommend you see this movie ASAP!


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