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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

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Speak of the devil 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, 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:

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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Sculptor Frederick Hart and the Episcopal National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., sued Warner Brothers over a sculpture that appears in the film, and closely resembles Hart's "Ex Nihilo", which is situated above Milton's desk in his apartment. Warner Bros. agreed to edit the scenes for future releases. Some videos of the film had already been made, so they attached stickers to them, prior to sale, stating that there was no relation between the sculpture in the film, and Hart's work. See more »

Goofs

During Milton's speech that coincides with Lomax being attacked he mispronounces the word "Cybernetic" with a hard C as in "cat". 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Dogma (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Air on the G String
(ca 1717-1723)
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Virgil Fox
Courtesy of BMG Classics / RCA Victor
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The Most Underrated Film of the '90s
4 April 2006 | by boognish-6See all my reviews

The reviews for "The Devil's Advocate" were not too kind, to say the least. But what did the critics refuse to see in this? With movies nowadays being nothing but flashy, over-the-top, masturbatory, CG-fests, "The Devil's Advocate" holds up like osmium.

The cinematography is good because it's quite understated and that's a virtue in today's cinema. The acting, while containing pretty lame Southern accents, is still pretty good. Even from Keanu, dude.

Sorely forgotten in it's day, the script tells a very deep, original and interesting story, with lots of development, respect for the characters, delicate pacing, and a head-spinning ending. The movie is solely about the people and their struggles. Fear takes hold of the audience through the dialogue.

Think of "The Devil's Advocate" as Woody Allen trying his hand at a horror/thriller and succeeding. This movie never makes you jump, but it puts you in a general state of discomfort through it's atmosphere. As with all memorable supernatural dramas, this one handles its spectacle with discretion and grace.

Isn't that what we hope to see when we watch any movie? 10/10


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