- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 2 hours, 24 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: June 29, 1998
- Originally Released: 1997
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Dual Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 2.35
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - French
- Additional Release Material:
- Deleted Scenes
- Audio Commentary: Taylor Hackford - Director
- Theatrical Trailers (5)
- TV Spots (2)
- Interactive Menus
- Scene Access
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Keanu Reeves &
Craig T. Nelson,
Don King &
Jonathan Lemkin &
James Newton Howard
Arnold Kopelson &
Director of Photography:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"I have so many names."
- John Milton (Al Pacino) to Kevin Lomax (Keanu Reeves)
Box Office - 12/01/1997
"...Executed with unconventional panache and anchored by dazzling performances from Al Pacino and Charlize Theron..."
Sight and Sound - 01/01/1998
"...The film is brightly lit and bizarrely jaunty....Pacino lets loose with his full range of mannerisms..."
New York Times - 10/17/1997
"...Seductive....A lavish-looking, cleverly entertaining morality play with shades of ROSEMARY'S BABY..."
Entertainment Weekly - 10/24/1997
"...THE DEVIL'S ADVOCATE is probably Pacino's finest bad performance since SCARFACE....He emotes with lewd abandon..."
A hotshot Florida defense attorney (Keanu Reeves) takes a too-good-to-be-true position with a Manhattan legal partnership headed by the unctuous, powerful, and inappropriately named John Milton (the gleefully evil Al Pacino), who proffers a fabulous Fifth Avenue flat, untold riches, and scuzzy, amoral clients who are guiltier than sin of murder and child molestation. But is the ladder to success literally the road to hell, with Satan himself in the executive washroom' DEVIL'S ADVOCATE is more morality play than supernatural shocker, with a rich supporting cast and tasty cameos from the evil likes of Don King and former senator Alphonse D'Amato.
Big Business |
Devil / Demons |
Law / Lawyers |
Theatrical Release |
- Theatrical release: October 17, 1997.
- Filmed on location in Florida and New York.
- Keanu Reeves, already involved in the project, volunteered to slash his salary to enable the producers to hire Al Pacino, whom Reeves thought perfect for the part.
- Delroy Lindo has an uncredited appearance as a Santeria practitioner whom Lomax must defend against charges of animal sacrifice.
- Donald Trump's own Fifth Avenue penthouse was used as the home of Craig T. Nelson's character, Alexander Cullen, a real estate developer.
- Charlize Theron tested four times for the role of Mary Ann Lomax. Although director Taylor Hackford liked her for the role all along, he was afraid that she was so beautiful, audiences would find her unsympathetic.
- For the scene in which Milton morphs into his younger self, special-effects artists merged a model of Reeves's head with models of Pacino's own face from his younger days in THE GODFATHER.