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The Firm (1993)

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A young lawyer joins a prestigious law firm only to discover that it has a sinister dark side.

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Sydney Pollack

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John Grisham (novel), David Rabe (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Cruise ... Mitch McDeere
Jeanne Tripplehorn ... Abby McDeere
Gene Hackman ... Avery Tolar
Hal Holbrook ... Oliver Lambert
Terry Kinney ... Lamar Quinn
Wilford Brimley ... William Devasher
Ed Harris ... Wayne Tarrance
Holly Hunter ... Tammy Hemphill
David Strathairn ... Ray McDeere
Gary Busey ... Eddie Lomax
Steven Hill ... F. Denton Voyles
Tobin Bell ... The Nordic Man
Barbara Garrick ... Kay Quinn
Jerry Hardin ... Royce McKnight
Paul Calderon ... Thomas Richie
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Storyline

Mitch McDeere is a young man with a promising future in Law. About to sit his Bar exam, he is approached by 'The Firm' and made an offer he doesn't refuse. Seduced by the money and gifts showered on him, he is totally oblivious to the more sinister side of his company. Then, two Associates are murdered. The FBI contact him, asking him for information and suddenly his life is ruined. He has a choice - work with the FBI, or stay with the Firm. Either way he will lose his life as he knows it. Mitch figures the only way out is to follow his own plan... Written by Mark Harding <mah@imdb.com>

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Power can be murder to resist. See more »


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Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 June 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,400,000, 4 July 1993

Gross USA:

$158,348,367

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$270,248,367
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Both Steven Hill and Paul Sorvino, who appear in the film, starred in the hit NBC series Law & Order when filming had begun on this film. Sorvino had left the show around late 1992 after a season and a half and Hill last until the 1999 - 2000 season and replaced by Oscar winner Dianne Wiest. See more »

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When Avery talks to Mitch while standing in the doorway, he has a briefcase. In the next shot, the briefcase disappears and both hands are in his pocket. See more »

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Wayne Tarrance: Get me a map of Louisiana. GET ME A MAP OF LOUISIANA!
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An excellent legal thriller. One of Tom Cruise's best performances.
14 March 2001 | by Anonymous_MaxineSee all my reviews

In The Firm, Tom Cruise plays an extremely intelligent young lawyer who takes a job with a tremendous firm, having been seduced by their huge financial offerings. "The Firm" begins to sound very creepy very early in the film, when it becomes known that `the firm' has never had a divorce, `the firm' encourages children,' `the firm' is a big, happy, 41 member family. Unfortunately, it seems that another interesting little side note is that no one has ever left `the firm' and lived.

Mitch McDeere (Cruise) is hired by `the firm,' and at first, everything is great. The firm loves him enough to pay back all of his student loans all at once, and he is completely taken in by everything, even down to the way that the firm furnished his new house, in his beautiful new neighborhood (`To make you feel at home. Hope you don't mind.'). The lives of Mitch and his wife Abby (Jeanne Triplehorn) are completely and drastically changed when he is hired by the firm, setting up a disorienting atmosphere, especially when strange things start happening, people getting killed by boat bombs and whatnot.

Gary Busey plays a small, seedy role, and it works really well because he's best at playing seedy characters. Ed Harris also delivers a good performance as an FBI agent trying to coerce McDeere into helping them investigate the big bad firm. It seems that McDeere has been helping the firm in its illegal activities, making him guilty without him even knowing about it. If he doesn't help the FBI, he'll go to jail with the other 40 members of that big, happy family.

The Firm really gets going once McDeere starts trying to investigate, making copies of incriminating files, etc. Some things may have gone a little too far, like the conveniently placed pillow truck, but as a whole, The Firm is a great thriller. It may not be quite as good as other John Grisham adaptations, The Rainmaker, in particular, but The Firm's complex and fascinating plot, as well as good direction and acting, makes it way above average.


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