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The Devil's Advocate (1997)

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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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 <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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$57,000,000 (estimated)

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

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

The line Milton says to Kevin about how "there are more people in law school than there are lawyers on the whole planet" was also spoken in the movie St. Elmo's Fire (1985) by Andrew McCarthy's character, Kevin. See more »

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When John Milton bluffs Kevin and tells him to quit the Alex Cullen case, Kevin's answer is "You know what scares me, I quit the case, she gets better...then I hate her for it". At the end of the movie, when John Milton replays the conversation, he says "You know what scares me JOHN, I quit the case, she gets better...then I hate her for it". 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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Referenced in The Sopranos: The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti (1999) See more »

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Paint It Black
(1966)
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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The Most Underrated Film of the '90s
4 April 2006 | by (Savannah, GA) – See all my reviews

The reviews for "The Devil's Advocate" were not too kind, to say the least. But what did the critics refuse to see in this? With movies nowadays being nothing but flashy, over-the-top, masturbatory, CG-fests, "The Devil's Advocate" holds up like osmium.

The cinematography is good because it's quite understated and that's a virtue in today's cinema. The acting, while containing pretty lame Southern accents, is still pretty good. Even from Keanu, dude.

Sorely forgotten in it's day, the script tells a very deep, original and interesting story, with lots of development, respect for the characters, delicate pacing, and a head-spinning ending. The movie is solely about the people and their struggles. Fear takes hold of the audience through the dialogue.

Think of "The Devil's Advocate" as Woody Allen trying his hand at a horror/thriller and succeeding. This movie never makes you jump, but it puts you in a general state of discomfort through it's atmosphere. As with all memorable supernatural dramas, this one handles its spectacle with discretion and grace.

Isn't that what we hope to see when we watch any movie? 10/10


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