The Devil's Advocate | 1997
- DIRECTOR |
- Taylor Hackford
New York locations are divided between the courts and corporate offices of Lower Manhattan and the swish penthouses of the East Side, as ambitious young countryboy lawyer Kevin Lomax (Keanu Reeves) finds himself working for the high-flying corporation of the suspiciously-named John Milton (Al Pacino).
The small town Kevin originally hails from is Gainesville on I-75 in northern Florida, but he’s soon off to the Big Apple.
The city’s grand courthouses are on Foley Square in the Civic Center district, and Kevin is seen leaving the Surrogate’s Court, 31 Chambers Street.
Sinister John Milton, who could clearly afford to travel the city in a stretch limo, chooses to descend into the Chambers Street Subway Station.
‘Penta Plaza’, his company office, is Continental Plaza, Wall Street, with its spectacular view of three bridges crossing the East River, but the rooftop scene, where he tempts Kevin, filmed 50 floors up on top of the Continental Tower. In reality, there’s no water garden up there, and this cool feature was added digitally.
Milton’s apartment is – naturally – one of New York’s most prestigious addresses, Fifth Avenue at 94th Street, Carnegie Hill.
Lomax’s wife, Mary Ann (Charlize Theron), is taken power shopping by the ghastly rich-bitch wives in SoHo, at what was Yohji Yamamoto’s (it's now Alexander Wang), 103 Grand Street at Broadway. The deliriously kitsch, nouveau stinking-rich living room of property developer Alex Cullen (Craig T Nelson) could belong to only one person. It’s the real apartment of Donald Trump, occupying the top four floors of Trump Tower, 725 Fifth Avenue.
The exterior of ‘St Andrew’s Catholic Church’ is Central Presbyterian Church, 593 Park Avenue near 64th Street, though the interior, where John Milton gets the font water to boil at his satanic touch, is the Most Holy Redeemer Church, 173 East Third Street on the Lower East Side.