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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

Writers:

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Speak of the devil See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$60,984,028, 15 February 1998

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$152,944,660, 31 December 1998
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The character of John Milton is named for John Milton, the author of "Paradise Lost," the classic epic poem about man's fall from God's grace. When Lomax is in Milton's office at the end of the film, he says "Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven," from Book I Line 263 of the same work. See more »

Goofs

When Milton and Kevin meet for the first time, Kevin says he worked in the Jacksonville DA (district attorney) office for 5 years. Florida doesn't have district attorneys. It would have been the Jacksonville State Attorney's Office. 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

The UK widescreen VHS of the film is displayed in a more narrow screen ratio of 1.77:1 which does not show the full width of the picture as seen in its original theatrical 2.35:1 ratio. However, the UK VHS box set version contained a widescreen print that is in the original 2.35:1 ratio. See more »


Soundtracks

It Happened in Monterey
(1930)
Music by Mabel Wayne
Lyrics by Billy Rose
Performed by Frank Sinatra
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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All Quality Elements of a Magnificent Movie!!!
2 July 2006 | by EdwardsMovieKitSee all my reviews

I watched this movie on DVD. It will be enough for me to mention that there had been no other movie where I'd had to pause the play in mere awe at the magnificence of the storyline! At a point, It was as if I could see my jaw on the floor praising in thorough amusement the brilliance, relevance-to-our-daily-lives, deepness of message, sophistication, great portrayal, top-of-the-class creativity, marvelous acting/directing/screen writing all having come together in a movie, which called for a rating of 9 out of 10 and no less, certainly, undoubtedly.

Al-Pacino's acting is to no surprise as brilliant as ever, exuding confidence, proficiency and clarity as always. Keanu Reaves leaves a great master-play in his work, meeting up to the acting skills required in displaying a character of wisdom, success, love and perhaps, of vanity. Charize Theron too puts up a play of passion in its right.

But what amused me more than all were the great and fantastic script-lines thrown around. All very meaningful and interesting indeed. The whole movie got me stunned and fixed at the edge of my desk seat, but the favorite part for me has to come at the end, where the theme of the movie comes to words and finds a chance as of clarifying itself in one the most brilliant ways I as one have ever seen possible! Recommended for everybody willing to enjoin on a meaningful story and a blend of excellent plays... surely a 9/10.


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