The Firm


The Firm

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The Firm is a big studio thriller that amusingly tears apart the last of 1980s boardroom culture and the false securities it represented.



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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, Rovi


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 (uncredited)
Paul Calderon
as Thomas Richie
Jerry Weintraub
as Sonny Capps
Sullivan Walker
as Barry Abanks
Karina Lombard
as Young Woman on Beach
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 Bar
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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Audience Reviews for The Firm

  • Dec 06, 2015
    "The Firm" is a great Mystery and Suspense/Drama film of 1993. The acting in "The Firm" is amazing, the best acting is from "Tom Cruise" and "Gene Hackman". The plot to "The Firm" is great, towards the end it gets better and better, some scenes in the film are pointless/slow. Some of the music in "The Firm" isn't best suited for some scenes. I recommend you watch "The Firm" as it is a great Mystery and Suspense/Drama film of 1993. I give "The Firm" a 7.5/10.
    Steve G Super Reviewer
  • Oct 04, 2015
    A thrilling film. Loved the book, and this is an excellent adaptation of it. Worth seeing, even if you have to sit through a ton of lawyer-speak to understand what's going on.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 22, 2014
    I've always been perplexed by the legal thriller craze of the 90s . . . what about the genre was so appealing to appealing to mass audiences? The endless law jargon? The predictable twists and turns? Regardless, "The Firm" is a prime example of everything that made so many of these films ultimately forgettable.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 21, 2014
    The first Grisham film adaptation and definitely one of the best. Cruise is good as the young lawyer but he also has an amazing cast around him, all giving very strong performances. A thriller about a legal firm doesn't sound like a riveting film but Pollack keeps the suspense constant and is helped by Grisham's strongest story structure. The film has an unmistakably 90's gloss but otherwise this could have been made in the 70's and would have sat alongside other conspiracy thrillers of that era.
    David S Super Reviewer

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