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Too old for Hamlet and too young for Lear--what's an ambitious actor to do? Play the Devil, of course. Jack Nicholson did it in The Witches of Eastwick; Robert De Niro did it in Angel Heart (as Louis Cyphre--get it?). In The Devil's Advocate Al Pacino takes his turn as the great Satan, and clearly relishes his chance to raise hell. He's a New York lawyer, of course, by the name of John Milton, who recruits a hotshot young Florida attorney (Keanu Reeves) to his firm and seduces him with tempting offers of power, sex, and money. Think of the story as a twist on John Grisham's The Firm, with the corporate evil made even more explicit. Reeves is wooden, and therefore doesn't seem to have much of a soul to lose, but he's really just our excuse to meet the devil. Pacino's the main attraction, gleefully showing off his--and the Antichrist's--chops at perpetrating menace and mayhem. The film was directed by Taylor Hackford (Against All Odds, Dolores Claiborne), who provides alternate-track commentary for the movie itself, plus a dozen deleted scenes. Also note: due to a settlement with artist Frederick Hart over the movie's use of a sculpture resembling his Ex Nihilo in Washington's National Cathedral, future releases of the film will be altered. --Jim Emerson
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people don't give Keanu enough credit, he does great in this film and Pacino is at his best. Highly recommendPublished 11 months ago by Genny Walker
I shouldn't be surprised given the title of the movie. Any time the devil is involved, the storyline is going to be sick and dysfunctional. Read morePublished 16 months ago by K. Schwende
I find that it's an awesome story about greed and morality. I want all my family and friends to watch it.Published 24 months ago by Samuel Moisan-Domm
"The Devil's Advocate" is a entertaining movie for adults. This is one of Keanu Reeves' best parts as a young, brilliant but naive lawyer from Floria, who comes to work in one of... Read morePublished on Oct. 22 2012 by L.C.L Movie Reviews.
The story a lawyer who works for the devil, not as dumb as it sounds, in fact a surprisingly great movie. Both Keanu Reeves and Al Pacino in great roles.Published on July 16 2004 by Antonio Canas
Hat's off to Al Pacino on his performance in this film. I'm proud to own it on dvd. He deserves the oscar that he won for this film. Read morePublished on March 1 2004 by Lonny Christopher
Al Pacino plays Satan, a pretty good role for a New York lawyer bend on seducing hotshot attorney Keanu Reeves with the wicked and eternal trio of temptations: power, sex, and... Read morePublished on Jan. 24 2004 by Peggy Vincent