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"Devil's Advocate"

Spain is the only country in the universe that has a bronze statue of Lucifer in the middle of one its public parks in Madrid. In observing the sculptor conception, that has the devil holding a tri-fork and writhing among serpents around his feet, gives you the feeling that everyone still holds true to that bible image.

Now Taylor Hackford, the director of, "Devil's Advocate" offers us a distinctive Prince of Darkness that might not immediately be recognizable, for Al Pacino satan isn't so much evil as he is a tempter and oh how he places temptations in front of Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron, a small town lawyer and his wife. He has never lost a prosecution and Pacino wants him in his New York firm.

Production design takes your breath away from the dizziness of New York's high rises to incredible offices and households of the elite. Charlize Theron turns in an unbelieveable performance, but believe you me, you believe it. Al Pacino has adopted an attitude that really bedevils us all. He almost is over the top, but has such humorous restrained moments that you forgive him. His speech on God is one that you are not easily going to forget, almost too frightening.

Keanu Reeves very wisely teamed up with a Faustian nemesis that makes him really easy bait for Pacino, mephistolian antics. Jeffrey Jones reminds us that he has been too long away from the screen as a troubled millionaire he sinks his teeth deliciously into a complex role.. Judith Ivey is surprisingly supportive woman who knows more than she cares to expose. I found that Hackford got carried away and took too long to arrive at its destination.

Still all in all it was a Hell of a ride into Hades.

Devil's Advocate
Warner Bros.
Produced by: Arnon Milchan, Arnold Kopelson, Anne Kopelson
Executive Producers: Taylor Hackford, Michael Tadross, Erwin Stoff, Barry Bernardi, Steve White
Directed by: Taylor Hackford
With: Keanu Reeves, Al Pacino, Charlize Theron, Jeffrey Jones, Judith Ivey, Craig T. Nelson
Production Designed by: Bruno Rubeo
Director of photography: Andrzej Bartkowiak
Screenplay by: Jonathan Lemkin, Tony Gilroy
Based on the novel by: Andrew Neiderman
Rated: R

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Original Date Saturday 18 October 1997
Updated Saturday 18 October 1997