The Devil's Advocate

1997

The Devil's Advocate

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Though it is ultimately somewhat undone by its own lofty ambitions, The Devil's Advocate is a mostly effective blend of supernatural thrills and character exploration.

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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. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

Cast

Al Pacino
as John Milton
Keanu Reeves
as Kevin Lomax
Charlize Theron
as Mary Ann Lomax
Jeffrey Jones
as Eddie Barzoon
Judith Ivey
as Mrs. Lomax
Connie Nielsen
as Christabella
Craig T. Nelson
as Alexander Cullen
Tamara Tunie
as Jackie Heath
Debra Monk
as Pam Garrety
Laura Harrinton
as Melissa Black
Laura Harrington
as Melissa Black
Pamela Gray
as Diana Barzoon
Delroy Lindo
as Voodoo Practitioner
Connie Embesi
as Mrs. Gettys
Jonathan Cavallary
as Gettys' Son
Murphy Guyer
as Barbara's Father
Leo Burmester
as Florida Prosecutor
Bill Moor
as Florida Judge
Neal Jones
as Florida Reporter
Eddie Aldridge
as Florida Bailiff
Mark Deakins
as 1st Florida Lawyer
Alan Manson
as Judge Sklar
Brian Poteat
as Pie Face
Kim Chan
as Chinese Man
Caprice Benedetti
as Menage a Trois Woman
Don King
as Himself
Ray Garvey
as Fight Fan
Rocco Musacchia
as Fight Fan
Susan Kellermann
as Joyce Rensaleer
James Saito
as Takaori Osumi
Harsh Nayyar
as Parvathi Resh
M.B. Ghaffari
as Bashir Toabal
Nicki Cochrane
as Multilingual Party Guest
Fenja Klaus
as Female No. 1
Gino Lucci
as Limo Driver
Novella Nelson
as Botanica Woman
Benny Nieves
as Big Guy
Franci Leary
as Babs Coleman
Jorge Navarro
as Spanish Restaurant Manager
Jose Fernandes Torres
as Flamenco Guitarist
Antonio Vargas Cortes
as Flamenco Dancer
Elena Camunez Andujar
as Flamenco Dancer
Monica Keena
as Allesandra
Linda Atkinson
as Therapist
E. Katherine Kerr
as Woman Judge
Liza Harris
as Reporter
Bill Boggs
as Reporter
Bo Rucker
as Reporter
Michael Lombard
as Judge Poe
Marc Manfro
as Bailiff
J. Nester
as Bailiff
George Sperdakos
as Technician
Marcia DeBonis
as Nurse No. 2
Marie Stuart Vassallo
as Patient Marie
Harold Surratt
as Orderly No. 1
Lou Rudin
as Himself
Alan Grubman
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for The Devil's Advocate

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Audience Reviews for The Devil's Advocate

  • Jun 22, 2016
    Interesting adaptation of the traditional Faust story with a modern spin to it. Reeves plays a southern lawyer who can't seem to lose a case no matter how much the odds are against him and is recruited by a top firm in New York City. Pacino is amazing as John Milton, the leading partner of the NYC law firm. This has to be one of his better performances. He even manages to drag a good performance from Reeves.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 07, 2014
    The Devil's Advocate is a seductive and stylistic thriller that's full of mystery and intrigue. When a gifted Florida trial lawyer is recruited by a New York City firm and groomed to be a partner, he discovers that success comes at a price and that it may be too high for him to live with. The cast is quite impressive and features Keanu Reeves, Al Pacino, Charlize Theron, Connie Nielsen, and Craig T. Nelson. But it's Pacino who steals the film with his inspired and charismatic performance. There are however, some problems; the script in particular is confusion and uneven, having trouble integrating the supernatural elements into the plot. Yet James Newton Howard's score picks up a lot of the slack by setting a dark, mystical tone with sweeping themes. While The Devil's Advocate has some problems, it's also tantalizingly irresistible.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 29, 2011
    A pretty interesting story. WAY too long for it's genre....but still entertaining and enjoyable enough to keep me watching.
    Jacob P Super Reviewer
  • Aug 15, 2011
    The Devil's advocate is a terrifying, well crafted Horror drama that is one of a few last good films starring Al Pacino. The film combines all sorts of elements into one film, and it's a refreshing take on the traditional horror film. I really enjoyed Al Pacino's performance here and Keanu Reeves, who usually is one dimensional in his acting abilities, gives a good performance as well. The film feels as if John Grisham and Stephen King would've collaborated on a film and this was the result. A good film with good acting, and an even better story. Al Pacino was definitely a wise choice to play the devil in this film and this is simply a well crafted film with creepy, horrifying elements to it. That makes all the difference. This is a well executed film, one that has plenty of chills and good story development. The film may miss the mark on few occasions, but for the most part, the film succeeds in being a work of pure entertainment that will most likely surprise viewers by Keanu Reeve's good performance. But like I said, Al Pacino really is the actor that delivers the goods on screen; he makes the role his own and steals every scene he's in. I think it's too bad that lately he hasn't done anything good, but Devil's Advocate is one of his last great performances. Devil's Advocate is a fine Motion Picture and is a truly entertaining Horror film that every fan of the genre must see. Truly eerie and atmospheric, Devil's Advocate is a film that will most likely make you sleep depraved for a little while.
    Alex r Super Reviewer

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