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Devil's Advocate
Devil's Advocate
Actors: Keanu Reeves, Al Pacino, Charlize Theron, Jeffrey Jones, Judith Ivey
Genres: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
R     1998     2hr 24min

Hotshot attorney accepts tempting offer from an elite New York law firm only to find himself fighting for his soul. Genre: Suspense Rating: R Release Date: 7-SEP-2004 Media Type: DVD

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Actors: Keanu Reeves, Al Pacino, Charlize Theron, Jeffrey Jones, Judith Ivey
Genres: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Warner Home Video
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 12/01/1998
Original Release Date: 10/17/1997
Theatrical Release Date: 10/17/1997
Release Year: 1998
Run Time: 2hr 24min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 7
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Member Movie Reviews

Jennifer D. (jennicat) from ST AUGUSTINE, FL
Reviewed on 1/3/2015...
It was very scarey.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Richard C. (colbertnotion) from LA FAYETTE, GA
Reviewed on 10/14/2009...
It should be noted for collectors that this UPC is the "edited" version of the original film resulting from the lawsuit between Warner Brothers and sculptor Frederick Hart over the use of his "Ex Nihilo" statue. Details about the differences between this version and the original can be found here:
2 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
Sarah F. (keanupattinson) from INDIANAPOLIS, IN
Reviewed on 5/22/2009...
I was surprised to see Keanu Reeves in a movie like this, just because of all his earlier work. His southern accent was a bit of a joke but otherwise he was great.

Al Pacino just topped this movie!
2 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
Aimee S. (Ariadnae) from SCOTTOWN, OH
Reviewed on 11/21/2008...
I enjoyed this film. Al Pacino does a great job as his character John Milton (now, that is funny)a highly successful and powerful lawyer who's training his young hotshot ingenue (Keanu Reeves) to one day take his place at a high power law firm, where not everything is as it seems. Charlize Theron does a great job in this film, as Reeve's wife, who slowly loses her grip on reality. I also would never have thoight Craig T. Nelson could pull off a bad guy, yet he does a great job here. The special effects are very good and the plot is excellent, with some interesting twists and turns. A recommended film.
3 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Lawyers without souls....
D. Roberts | Battle Creek, Michigan United States | 02/09/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"There is an old saying that in a court-of-law it is irrelevant what the truth is. What DOES matter is the calibre of the lawyers that reside on both sides of the judiciary fence. This movie takes that dictum and pushes it to the edge of the envelope.

One of the most intriguing facets of the storyline is an implicit question that the film compels us to ask ourselves: Who is worse off? A prosecutor who is so good that he gets an innocent man executed or put away for life? Or a defense lawyer who is so good that he gets a guilty man off the hook, after which time he hurts or kills someone else? It is a question that must enter the minds of all who exercise the art of legalistic oratory at some point or other.

Al Pacino is without question the highlight of the flick. It is obvious that he takes great delight in playing the devil himself, and it shows in his performance. It is a role that is ideally suited to his demeanor. A nice touch was making his name John Milton, which is an allusion to the English poet who authored PARADISE LOST. This is the poem that detailed Satan's fall from heaven as well as Adam & Eve's fall from the Garden of Eden. As a sidenote, I would HIGHLY recommend PARADISE LOST; there are a couple of references to the work itself during the story.

It was rather painful to see Keanu Reeves occasionally try to fake a southern accent, but this was not his worst performance. There is a surprising amount of nudity in the film, and that's always a good thing. This is ESPECIALLY true in any film which features Charlize Theron!

All in all this is a fun film to pick up, especially if you're into the Faustian man-selling-his-soul-to-Satan genre. While the ending is a bit deus ex machina, the balance of the DVD makes up for the weak finale."
Keanu's Big Surprise
Hespeler | Pennsylvania | 03/12/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Here comes a sharp, strong-voiced New York city lawyer with a lot of experience complemented by rare physical and mental powers. Played by Al Pacino, John Milton is a loner who wins cases by ignoring what is and isn't "by the book". While in the process of establishing a law partner, Milton runs across hot shot Keanu Reeves, who is yet to lose. Reeves turns out to become the perfect missing piece to the puzzle for Pacino. His character spends a significant amount of time with his new law partner in business and pleasure circumstances, in order to indirectly let his new friend know him better, to find out who he really is. As time passes, tension between the two businessmen arises and Keanu, the perfect defender/convicter sees his life unfold to become a total nightmare. "The Devils Advocate" has been compared to "The Firm", but "The Firm" is more drawn out and isn't in with the fantasy or horror genre. Al Pacino really shows his stuff in this, with a more than believable performance that features numerous profound monologues that are always mastered by this Italian legend. His costar, Keanu, hits the target for the first time, bringing genuine emotion and class to the table. Overall, "The Devil's Advocate" is very intriguing, extremely well acted with some impressive special effects. I found this movie to be one of the best of the 90s."
Shashank Tripathi | Gadabout | 05/16/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"While I felt that the film could have been more crisply edited, it builds such unrelenting a crescendo that you'll be willing to indulge several minor scenes take forever to get to their point. How common is it for a film climax to sport a 15-minute scene of dialogue so provocative that the accompanying special effects can almost be ignored!Keanu Reeves, who's usually a staid one-expression wonder fit for movies like Speed and Matrix, pitches in quite a remarkably absorbing performance here. Which was a pleasant surprise! Pacino needless to say is stellar as usual in his macabre role as Satan. But the cake goes to Charlize Theron who fits the wife's character like a glove (a role that is never really clearly defined) and fills in some pretty yawning gaps, creating a gradual descent into madness which actually seems realistic enough to be taken seriously. With slightly more crisp editing, the movie could have easily been the powerhouse it screams that it should have been, but it is still a very decent rental that'll hold for a couple of viewings!"