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The Devil's Advocate (1997)

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An exceptionally adept Florida lawyer is offered a job at a high-end New York City law firm with a high-end boss - the biggest opportunity of his career to date.

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Taylor Hackford

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Andrew Neiderman (novel), Jonathan Lemkin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keanu Reeves ... Kevin Lomax
Al Pacino ... John Milton
Charlize Theron ... Mary Ann Lomax
Jeffrey Jones ... Eddie Barzoon
Judith Ivey ... Mrs. Alice Lomax
Connie Nielsen ... Christabella Andreoli
Craig T. Nelson ... Alexander Cullen
Tamara Tunie ... Mrs. Jackie Heath
Ruben Santiago-Hudson ... Leamon Heath
Debra Monk ... Pam Garrety
Vyto Ruginis ... Mitch Weaver - Justice Department
Laura Harrington ... Melissa Black
Pamela Gray ... Mrs. Diana Barzoon
George Wyner ... Meisel
Chris Bauer ... Lloyd Gettys (as Christopher Bauer)
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Storyline

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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Devil begins and wins. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

Warner

Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English | German | Italian | Mandarin | Spanish

Release Date:

17 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Devil's Advocate See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$57,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,170,536, 19 October 1997

Gross USA:

$60,944,660

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$152,944,660
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| (TV)

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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When Milton is negotiating with Lomax near the end of the film, he tells him "I'm just getting warmed up." This is a quote from a previous Pacino film, Scent of a Woman (1992), in which Pacino's character also says the line, much to the approval of the audience. See more »

Goofs

In the nightmare scene, we see Mary's eyes open, she gets up from the couch, then we see her back on the couch and open her eyes again (identical footage). But since this is a nightmare, strange things are possible. 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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Alternate Versions

In the version released for USA premium cable channels (premiering September 19, 1998 on HBO) as well as later releases on home video, the following changes were made in response to the lawsuit regarding the large white statue in Milton's office: in all the early scenes in his office, the statue has been changed. It looks much like the original with one major difference - there are no people in it. Instead, it's just an abstract swoosh of white waves. This was digitally inserted by Warner's effects department, and they did what must be said is an amazing job - the overlay is completely seamless, even following the random camera motions around the office. Later at the climax, when Lomax first arrives at Milton's office for the showdown and we hear Milton's voice bouncing around the office, the statue starts swirling to life. It comes to a rest in the form seen in the original version of the movie, with all the human forms in it, as Milton makes his appearance. From that point on, the scene remains the same as in the original. See more »

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Referenced in Mortal Kombat 11 (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Days of Wine and Roses
(1962)
Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Performed by Michael Lang
Courtesy of Varèse Sarabande Records, Inc.
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I saw the Devil!
11 August 2014 | by v_haritha_inSee all my reviews

This movie addresses the old question; is a lawyer doing the right thing by defending a criminal. However, it finds a novel way of presenting its idea. Kevin Lomax (Keanu Reeves)is a young and successful attorney, in fact so successful that, as we are reminded time and again in the movie, he has never lost a case. He takes up the case of a man who is accused of molesting a child, thinking that he is innocent. Midway through the case, Lomax discovers that the man is in fact guilty and though he is a little disturbed, he helps secure the man's acquittal. Thus, he begins selling his soul to the Devil, both figuratively and literally.

He is immediately offered a much better opportunity at a mysterious organization owned by John Milton (Al Pacino). His job becomes increasingly stressful and he has to defend some shady people. Determined to maintain his record, he abandons his scruples and neglects his wife (Charlize Theron). Can Lomax ultimately redeem himself?

Keanu Reeves does a decent job as the title character but, it is Al Pacino who steals the show. He is a brilliant Devil. His real identity is not kept secret from the audience for long; the movie title and certain incidents give it away. Charlize Theron is spot as a woman descending into madness. Connie Neilson and Tamara Tunie are good supporting villains.

The atmosphere for the movie has been carefully created. The sets are rich but seem to symbolize vanity and are somehow depressing. Most of the cast are pleasing to the eye yet the character they portray are either unhappy or evil. And New York is a perfect location for this tale


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