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The 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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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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 »

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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)


£5,121,101 (UK) (27 February 1998)

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According to the director's commentary on the DVD, after they finished filming Daniel Oreskes's scene in which he coughs violently for several minutes, the entire cast and crew broke out into applause. See more »


You would not give CPR to a person with a slashed neck. You would try to staunch the bleeding as Kevin inadequately does with his hand on Mary Anne's neck, but more in a choking position rather than to the carotid artery pressure point, and to keep the airway open from drowning blood. 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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References 60 Minutes (1968) See more »


Moment to Moment
Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Performed by Michael Lang
Courtesy of Varèse Sarabande Records, Inc.
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lay off with the voice critique!
14 August 2006 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

i don't get it how some imbeciles criticise this movie like they work in the industry of cinematography! How can you say that Reeves has a dumb voice? What is this? I think some of these "oh so cliché!" *hit throwers shouldn't even talk about movies. Just like with "Da Vinci Code"! Cannes was "disgusted" but it invited Hanks, McKellen and all the others to make some fuss. They needed the publicity. Hellloooo!!! It's a commercial movie made after a commercial book! What did you expect? Lion in winter? Now back to Devil's Advocate. This is a *ucking great film! Besides PACINO, the direction, the screenplay and all the other actors are excellent! You can't just say things based on voice tones or phony accents! All you professional critics on the idmb, give me a *ucking break! Go to Cannes and stay there! You should study mass-media to understand that a big production is meant to be liked by all people, not by your sassy asses!

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