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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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Devil begins and wins. See more »


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

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Release Date:

17 October 1997 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$57,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

DEM 4,913,285 (Germany) (30 January 1998)

Gross:

£5,121,101 (UK) (27 February 1998)
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

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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Referenced in Alias: Repercussions (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Air on the G String
(ca 1717-1723)
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Virgil Fox
Courtesy of BMG Classics / RCA Victor
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Keanu's deal with the devil
12 August 1998 | by See all my reviews

I don't think you could put this movies in a particular catagory. It's not quite a drama and it's not quite a thriller but a bit of both. Both the movie is good, for instead of making the devil just a blood thirsty killer, it's based on temptation. Al Pacino lives in a world of beautiful women, money, power, and no guilt. There is a lot of nudity and extreme violence in this movie, but if it wasn't there the movies purpose and story wouldn't work. The final half of this movie put me in more suspense then any movie has in a long time. In conclusion, don't miss this film.


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