Devil's Advocate

The Devil's Advocate

4.0 10
Director: Taylor Hackford

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Al Pacino, Charlize Theron

     
 

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Supernatural forces hover over the courtroom in this devilish drama adapted from the novel by Andrew Neiderman. Attorney Kevin Lomax (Keanu Reeves) doesn't heed the Bible-based warnings of his mother (Judith Ivey), who views New York City as "the dwelling place of demons." Instead, he leaves Gainesville, Florida, with his wife Mary Ann (Charlize Theron) to put his

Overview

Supernatural forces hover over the courtroom in this devilish drama adapted from the novel by Andrew Neiderman. Attorney Kevin Lomax (Keanu Reeves) doesn't heed the Bible-based warnings of his mother (Judith Ivey), who views New York City as "the dwelling place of demons." Instead, he leaves Gainesville, Florida, with his wife Mary Ann (Charlize Theron) to put his legalistic skills to the test at a leading Manhattan law firm run by John Milton (Al Pacino). It all goes smoothly -- with Milton urging them to stay, putting Kevin on a $400-per-hour salary, and moving the couple into a luxurious apartment in his own building on Fifth Avenue -- where Mary Ann falls under the influence of neighbor Jackie (Tamara Tunie). After Kevin defends a weird animal sacrificer (Delroy Lindo, uncredited), he moves up to an important case with an apparent murderer, real-estate tycoon Alexander Cullen (Craig T. Nelson). Ignored by Kevin, the troubled Mary Ann has some disturbing experiences, verging on the occult, while Kevin, at work, becomes attracted to redhead Christabella (Connie Neilsen). Dazzled by his entrance into paradise, Kevin doesn't grasp who handed him this Big-Apple success. Could it be...Satan? The film features demonic creatures by Rick Baker. Cameos (Senator Alfonse D'Amato, Don King, others) add to the ambiance of ambition and power in the canyons of Manhattan.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Adam Goldberg
Part John Grisham thriller and part Rosemary's Baby, Devil's Advocate is a sharp and compelling film that comes to life thanks to an energetic performance from Al Pacino. While most fictional films concerning temptation and religion are often inane and unrealistic, the playfully slick script by Tony Gilroy and Jonathan Lemkin makes this particular outing both thought-provoking and engaging. Keanu Reeves may be dwarfed by Pacino's acting skill, but he gives an astonishingly decent performance. Reeves is the straight man of the narrative, and proves that he can handle roles that require him to deliver dialogue (as opposed to his dismal performances in A Walk in the Clouds and Much Ado About Nothing). The film explores themes like temptation, sexual depravity, and vanity, while never allowing special effects to become the main focus of the story, and the fantastical climax, set to the Frank Sinatra version of "It Happened in Monterey" is part camp, part thriller, and part soap opera. It is the jolting finale to a surreal and enticing film that takes chances and truly raises some hell.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/18/2012
UPC:
0883929245581
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Time:
2:24:00
Sales rank:
31,662

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Keanu Reeves Kevin Lomax
Al Pacino John Milton
Charlize Theron Mary Ann Lomax
Jeffrey Jones Eddie Barzoon
Judith Ivey Mrs. Lomax
Monica Keena Alessandra Cullen
Connie Nielsen Christabella
Craig T. Nelson Alexander Cullen
Tamara Tunie Jackie Heath
Ruben Santiago-Hudson Leamon Heath
Debra Monk pam Garrety
Vyto Ruginis Weaver
Laura Harrington Melissa Black
Pamela Gray Diana Barzoon
Heather Matarazzo Barbara
Delroy Lindo Santeria Practitioner
Gloria Lynne Henry Tiffany

Technical Credits
Taylor Hackford Director,Executive Producer
Andrzej Bartkowiak Cinematographer
Barry Bernardi Executive Producer
Dennis Bradford Art Director
Stephen Brown Co-producer
Mary Colquhoun Casting
Tony Gilroy Screenwriter
Burtt Harris Asst. Director
Roberta J. Holinko Set Decoration/Design
James Newton Howard Score Composer
Nancy Klopper Casting
Anne Kopelson Producer
Arnold Kopelson Producer
Jonathan Lemkin Screenwriter
Tod A. Maitland Sound/Sound Designer
Judianna Makovsky Costumes/Costume Designer
Arnon Milchan Producer
Stephanie Powell Special Effects Supervisor
Thomas A. Reilly Asst. Director
Bruno Rubeo Production Designer
Erwin Stoff Executive Producer
Michael Tadross Executive Producer
Mark Warner Editor
Steve White Executive Producer

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Feature-length Audio Commentary by Director Taylor Hackford and over 20 minutes of Deleted scenes

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The Devil's Advocate 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
SnapperNY More than 1 year ago
Any movie with Al Pacinp is great.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This Movie you just wanna watch again and again. Even Keanu Reeves is watchable in it. I don't need to say anything about Pacino really.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was an exquisite supernatural thriller - something that is rare to find anymore. After watching the VHS version numerous times, I purchased this DVD for my husband. And this alone dropped my rating to four stars. The outer packaging promises 30 minutes of deleted scenes - my primary incentive for making the purchase. After opening the item, the inside sleeve lists ''extended'' footage segments, during which Director Taylor Hackford provides a non-stop blustering narration. Viewers can watch the actors going through their scenes during filming, but you never hear the accompanying lines. While enjoyable in the separate film narration (you actually get the entire movie without narration to see also), Hackford's incessant chatter here is simply annoying. We were highly disappointed to find that there are no additional scenes to watch at all. To add insult to injury, throughout the separate film narration, Taylor himself advises viewers to pay attention at key points during the (absent) deleted scenes. If you enjoy the additional footage that make DVDs such an attractive purchase, don't buy this one. It is not what it's represented to be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is great except for one thing and that is keanu's accent. there is no one else but pacino that could play the devil next to nicholson. charlize was excellent as a woman loosing her mind. This movie made me want to go to churh!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kevin Lomax feels really good about himself. He's a young southern lawyer who has never lost a case. So when he's offered to join a big firm in NYC, he jumps at the oppurtunity. But as he becomes more successful and involved in his work, he becomes selfish and estranged from his wife and family, and slowly realizes he's become.. the devil's advocate.... Al Pacino with another brilliant performance in this spooky tale which leaves the viewer with a very important life lesson.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First off I thought that it was a good movie with exciting twists and turns and even the acting was above par for Keanu The problem that I have is that it isn't real, thats right it isn't real. It was all just a dream that Keanu has from time to time in the bathroom? So it sorta sucks when you think about that you watcha movie for a couple of hours and realize it was all for not. What a crock. Al Pacino overacted but was still good in his role as the devil. Worth a watch but you may have mixed feelings about the end
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