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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 in the South. Mitch's wife, Abby (Jeanne Tripplehorn), warns him that the deal sounds almost too good to be true, but it's not until after several weeks of working with Avery Tolar (Gene Hackman) that Mitch discovers that the vast majority of BL&L's business is tied to organized crime, with crime boss Joey Morolto (Paul Sorvino) using the firm to launder Mafia money. FBI agents Wayne Tarrance (Ed Harris) and F. Denton Voyles (Steven Hill) try to blackmail Mitch into helping them make a case against the firm, while BL&L's "security director" William Devasher (Wilford Brimley) is blackmailing him to do as he's told after Mitch foolishly allows himself to be seduced by a prostitute hired by the firm. The Firm was adapted for the screen by acclaimed playwright David Rabe and features performances by Hal Holbrook, Holly Hunter, and Gary Busey. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: David Rabe, Robert Towne, David Rayfiel, Daniel Pyne
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 23, 2000
Paramount Pictures


Tom Cruise
as Mitch McDeere
Jeanne Tripplehorn
as Abby McDeere
Gene Hackman
as Avery Tolar
Hal Holbrook
as Oliver Lambert
Terry Kinney
as Lamar Quinn
Wilford Brimley
as William Devasher
Ed Harris
as Wayne Tarrance
Holly Hunter
as Tammy Hemphill
David Strathairn
as Ray McDeere
Gary Busey
as Eddie Lomax
Steven Hill
as F. Denton Voyles
Tobin Bell
as The Nordic Man
Barbara Garrick
as Kay Quinn
Jerry Hardin
as Royce McKnight
John Beal
as Nathan Locke
Paul Sorvino
as Joey Morolto (uncred...
Paul Calderon
as Thomas Richie
Jerry Weintraub
as Sonny Capps
Sullivan Walker
as Barry Abanks
Karina Lombard
as Young Woman on Beach
Donald Jones
as Attorney
Dean Norris
as Squat Man
Lou Walker
as Frank Mulholland
Debbie Turner
as Rental Agent
Tommy Cresswell
as Wally Hudson
David A. Kimball
as Randall Dunbar
Don Jones
as Attorney
Levi Frazier Jr.
as Restaurant Waiter
Brian Casey
as Telephone Installer
Afemo Omilami
as Cotton Truck Driver
Clint Smith
as Cotton Truck Driver
Richard Ranta
as Congressman Billings
Jonathan E. Kaplan
as Lawyer Recruiter
Rebecca Glenn
as Young Woman at Patio...
James White
as Singer at Hyatt
David Dwyer
as Prison Guard
Greg Goossen
as Vietnam Veteran
Jerry Chipman
as FBI Agent
Mark W. Johnson
as FBI Agent
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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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