Signature Scenes: The Eddie Barzum Speech From The Devil’s Advocate (1997)

by "Penguin" Pete Trbovich on August 19th, 2018 | |

The Devil’s Advocate fits nicely in the Satanic-panic horror section somewhere between The Omen and Rosemary’s Baby. Keanu Reeves is a hotshot lawyer who joins a law firm headed by Al Pacino, who turns out to be (not at all a surprise) THE DEVIL hahaha! If you thought Al Pacino was an exploding Christmas ham in other movies, wait until you see him as Lucifer Himself in a movie where he got script supervision privileges over his lines.

This scene is one which nicely establishes what happens to Satan’s minions when they disappoint him, while at the same time show how he’s roping Reeves further under his spell and also incidentally traumatizing Reeves’ wife, panty-posed Charlize Theron. It’s among the most bombastic speeches Pacino delivers in a movie filled with plenty of hot air from his infernal majesty, but by the Dark Lord – does it ever deliver! Gorgeous choreography in time to his speech, that ambiguous hint that this is supernatural but nobody will believe the direct witnesses, those demonic grimaces flashing out of the faces of the executioners, and of course Pacino explains over it why the world is hellbent for damnation. What a mouthful!

“You’re God’s special little creature!”

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