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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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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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Don't trust the devil See more »


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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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Pam talks to Kevin outside the hospital, the shadows show that the sun is not aligned to the street. But as Kevin looks down the street, the shadows are parallel to it. When he looks back at Pam (who has disappeared) the shadows are angled again. And when he starts walking down the street, the sun is once again aligned to it. 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 Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Touch of Satan (1998) See more »

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A mi tio El Niño Miguel
Written by Jose Fernandes Torres (as Jose Fernandez Torres)
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this is how you make a thriller
12 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

Stylish, sexy, suspenseful thriller stars Reeves as an accomplished southern lawyer who's never been beaten; he travels to New York City to take a job with powerful legal mogul Pacino, but his once ideal life is soon turned upside down as he's plunged into a surreal, demonic world of lust, temptation, and vanity. Slick writing, direction, and an array of startling scenes, breathtaking effects, and dazzling performances make this an imaginative thriller quite unlike any other. Reeves gives one of his finest performances to date, aided immeasurably by a wild, wickedly over-the-top performance from Pacino and a first-rate supporting cast. Not for all tastes, but highly watchable indeed. ***½


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