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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 amitbindal1857@gmail.com

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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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Did You Know?


Each time Mary Ann (Charlize Theron) tries a different color of green on the apartment walls, only to be discouraged by her "friend" Jackie (Tamara Tunie), Jackie is wearing some article of clothing or jewelry that is the exact same shade of green. See more »


When Kevin tries to calm a weeping Mary Ann after she has the nightmare, bright sunlight is streaming through the window. A few moments later, it is cloudy. In the next scene Kevin leaves to find Cullen, and it is snowing. 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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Referenced in Bless the Child (2000) See more »


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Prepare to be gobsmacked!
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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