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

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30 June 1993 (USA)  »

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$42,000,000 (estimated)

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$158,348,400 (USA)
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Gene Hackman's contract called for his name to come before the title in all promotional materials. Tom Cruise's contract called for his name, and his name only, to come before the title in all promotional materials. Hackman opted to leave his name off all promotional materials, making his presence a surprise to most audiences. In the film, Hackman's name comes after Cruise's and before the title. See more »

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After visiting his brother, Ray, in prison, Mitch McDeere tells his wife that he had visited him. At that point in time, Mitch's residence was bugged, which would have meant that William Devasher would have known about Mitch's brother being in prison. Yet later, William Devasher learns about the fact from a prison guard. See more »

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Wayne Tarrance: Man, I don't understand you. What'd you do it for? You didn't win a thing.
Mitch McDeere: Oh, yes I did. I won my life back. YOU don't run me, and THEY don't run me!
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When I Fall In Love
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The far-fetched law firm from hell!
5 June 1999 | by (cheshire, England) – See all my reviews

Though not the best of the Grisham adaptations, this is up to the usual high standard in plot and stars that Grisham movies have become associated with. The plot on this one is a little more far-fetched probably on account of the fact that this was one of Grisham's first works, escapism and entertainment seem to be the most prominent here, other Grisham works had begun to develop other traits alongside populism, like being almost topical and seeming to make social comment on issues that Grisham must have had an inside eye on when he was actually involved in the legal business for all those years. The Rainmaker is a great example of this when a young lawyer takes on a pro bono case of a widow's suit against a rogue insurance company that wouldn't pay up on a claim for her son's illness, and who as a result died from it. You will find none of this in the Firm, it is the straightforward story of a young lawyer whose life becomes entangled in the law firm from hell, which has all the usual mafia connections and all the usual FBI hardball characters battling with the caricatures from the Mafia. It does however make great entertainment , you will soon forget how far-fetched and improbable it all is, as you will become instantly fascinated, and stick with 155 minutes of plot twists and turns.


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