The Devil's Advocate

Updated June 26, 2020 | Infoplease Staff
Director: Taylor Hackford
Writers: Jonathan Lemkin and Tony Gilroy
Director of Photography:Andrzej Bartkowiak
Editor:Mark Warner
Music:James Newton Howard
Production Designer:Bruno Rubeo
Producers:Arnon Milchan, Arnold Kopelson and Anne Kopelson
Warner Bros.; R; 130 minutes
Cast:Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves, Charlize Theron, Judith Ivey, Connie Nielson, Heather Matarazzo and Craig T. Nelson
Based on the novel by Andrew Neiderman

Pacino has found a role that allows him to let loose his overbearing histrionics. And his character (the devil) couldn't be better suited to such overwrought acting. If overacting to effectiveness is a surprise, try this one: Reeves gives a sharp performance as a hotshot lawyer who gives in to temptation. Loud, pretentious New York attorney John Milton (!) (Pacino) lures slick Florida lawyer Kevin Lomax (Reeves) to his firm with a luxurious apartment, a killer office, beautiful co-workers and a nice salary. As his cases become more interesting, Kevin begins to neglect his dutiful wife (Theron) and perfunctorily dismiss her stories of seeing demons. Lomax makes the final plunge in Milton's wake when he defends an obviously guilty businessman charged with a triple homicide. Outrageous, yes, but deliciously so.

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