The Devil’s Advocate is a 1997 American supernatural thriller film about a hotshot lawyer who takes on the defense of an archbishop accused of covering up several murders in the diocese. The story is based on the novel The Devil’s Advocate, written by Andrew Neiderman and starring Keanu Reeves and Al Pacino. The title refers to how lawyers may argue against their clients’ interests to gain the best settlement or verdict for themselves, a form of professional conflict of interest known as “sharp practice” in Britain, Ireland and Commonwealth nations, or “ambulance chasing” in American slang. The film was shot in Florida in the Tampa Bay Area and Tallahassee. It grossed US$153 million at the box office. The film received mixed critical reviews, but was heavily acclaimed by audiences, who voted it to be the second-best of 1997 in a “Sight and Sound” poll. The film also became for a brief time the highest-grossing R-rated movie in the United States.
Cast and Character:
- Keanu Reeves as Kevin Lomax
- Al Pacino as John Milton
- Charlize Theron as Mary Ann Lomax
- Jeffrey Jones as Eddie Barzoon
- Judith Ivey as Alice Lomax
- Connie Nielsen as Christabella Andreoli
- Craig T. Nelson as Alexander Cullen
- Heather Matarazzo as Barbara
- Tamara Tunie as Jackie Heath
- Murphy Guyer as Barbara’s Father
- Ruben Santiago-Hudson as Leamon Heath
- Debra Monk as Pam Garrety
- Vyto Ruginis as Mitch Weaver
- Laura Harrington as Melissa Black
- Pamela Gray as Diana Barzoon
- M.B. Ghaffari as Bashir Toabal
- George Wyner as Meisel
- Neal Jones as Larry
- Don King as himself
- Roy Jones Jr. as himself
- Delroy Lindo as Phillipe Moyez
The film was released on October 17, 1997 and distributed by Warner Bros.
What is the plot of the film?
The story centres on Kevin Lomax, a lawyer from Gainesville, Florida who is given a job at a high-end New York City law firm. Kevin’s chance to shine comes when he defends schoolteacher Lloyd Gettys against charges of child molestation. As the trial proceeds and evidence mounts, Kevin becomes convinced of his client’s guilt and embarks on an odyssey to find the truth about what really happened with Lloyd. During this journey he shares his discoveries with the viewers through conversations he has with those closest to him or in flashbacks that reveal key moments in the lives of each character; discoveries which lead him to question everything around himself including his sanity and morality. Kevin Lomax is a defence attorney living in Gainesville, Florida. He has never lost a case.
Why should I watch this film?
This movie is rather a classic on its own, the special effects are quite realistic and unique. The story, although a bit perverse and twisted, has a very good message behind it. While watching the movie you never get bored because there is always something going on. If you like movies with good plots, this one is definitely for you.
What makes this film different from others?
It is not just the plot, because lots of movies have similar plots too I guess. but it is different from others because of the effects and the story. It has a very deep meaning and it is more of a psychological movie where the viewer gets to know about the main character.
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