The Firm (1993)



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In this drama, based on the best-selling novel by John Grisham, Mitch McDeer (Tom Cruise) is a young man from a poor Southern family who has struggled through Harvard Law School to graduate fifth in his class. Mitch is entertaining offers from major firms in New York and Chicago, but when Memphis-based Bendini, Lambert, & Locke offer him a 20 percent higher salary than the best offer he's received, in addition to an enticing variety of perks and fringe benefits, he decides to sign on and remain … More

Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: David Rabe, Robert Towne, David Rayfiel, Daniel Pyne
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On DVD: May 23, 2000
Paramount Pictures


as Mitch McDeere

as Abby McDeere

as Avery Tolar

as Oliver Lambert

as Lamar Quinn

as William Devasher

as Wayne Tarrance

as Tammy Hemphill

as Ray McDeere

as Eddie Lomax

as F. Denton Voyles

as The Nordic Man

as Kay Quinn

as Royce McKnight

as Nathan Locke

as Joey Morolto (uncred...

as Thomas Richie

as Sonny Capps

as Barry Abanks

as Young Woman on Beach

as Attorney

as Squat Man

as Frank Mulholland

as Rental Agent

as Wally Hudson

as Randall Dunbar

as Attorney

as Restaurant Waiter

as Telephone Installer

as Cotton Truck Driver

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as Congressman Billings

as Lawyer Recruiter

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as Singer at Hyatt

as Prison Guard

as Vietnam Veteran

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Critic Reviews for The Firm

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (10)

Tom Cruise heads a tony cast in a best-seller movie that is firm at the start and infirm by the end.

Full Review… | May 26, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

The Firm amusingly satirizes the New Traditionalist aspirations of today's young urban elite -- not so much the lifestyle itself as the illusion of utter security it represents.

Full Review… | May 26, 2008
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

A smooth adaptation of John Grisham's giant bestseller that is destined to be one of the summer's strong audience pleasers.

Full Review… | May 26, 2008
Top Critic

Adorning the film, in supporting roles, are its saving graces.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The movie is extremely long (two hours and 34 minutes) and so slow that by the end you feel as if you've been standing up even if you've been sitting down.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

...pits Cruise against the world, with only his character's wit.

Full Review… | May 19, 2011
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for The Firm

It was okay. Way too long at 2 1/2 hours, though.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

I was looking forward to seeing this film, and I thought it was going to be an excellent thriller. After viewing it, I thought it was a good thriller at best. Based on John Grisham's bestseller, The Firm is a fairly entertaining thriller which mixes dramatic elements. Tom Cruise plays newcomer lawyer Mitch Mcdeere who gets hired by a firm that has ties to organized crime. Now I haven't read the book, but I thought this was a good film with plenty of twists and turns. Director Sydney Pollack keeps the film engaging to the very end, but the film is a tad too long. Tom Cruise delivers a good performance, and he stars apposite some impressive talent. Gene Hackman, Hal Holbrook and Ed Harris are all phenomenal. The Firm is not a perfect film, but it manages to still be an effective intricate thriller that delivers on screen. I've never read a Grisham novel, but I have to say after watching this film, I was impressed enough to want to check out his work. Nowadays Tom Cruise is plainly weird but at least he was able to deliver good performances (and still does, but less frequently) back in the day. The Firm is a good thriller with a great cast, but there's something that's missing from the film to truly make it a memorable film. As it stands, The Firm manages to thrill but by the climax you have to admit that it could have been done slightly better.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

If there is ever one movie that showcases the hotshot version of Tom Cruise, it's The Firm. I'll admit that I never really saw a whole lot in it when I saw it for the first time, but it's really grown on me over time. Tom Cruise's performance alone should be worth anyone's time; it's extremely multi-dimensional and he seems to hit everything just right. Even for being a lawyer thriller, Tom Cruise brings his intensity on full speed and has you at the edge of your seat. This also has some great supporting performances from Gene Hackman and Holly Hunter, not to mention the intimidatingly bald Ed Harris. Now this takes John Grisham to the next level and stands as probably the best movie based on one of his books, just edging out The Client. It's an extremely effective conspiracy theory plot that has you interested for the entire time.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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