Devil's Advocate

Devil's Advocate

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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… See more details below

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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 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.

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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:
22,103

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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