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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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Oliver Lambert
Lamar Quinn
Kay Quinn
Thomas Richie


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

30 June 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Firma  »


Box Office


$42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,400,000, 4 July 1993, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film features 2 Oscar winners with a total of 3 wins, and 7 Oscar nominees with a total of 19 nominations. The winners are Gene Hackman (2) and Holly Hunter (1), and nominees are Hackman (5), Hunter (4, including Best Supporting Actress in The Firm), Tom Cruise (3), Ed Harris (4), and 1 each for David Strathairn, Hal Holbrook and Gary Busy. Director Sidney Pollack also has two Oscar wins and 7 nominations. See more »


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Tommie Morolto: [on the phone] Of course I can talk. Why, isn't that what I'm doing? I mean if it's something else, please advise me Maury. I always like to learn something I don't know at five hundred dollars an hour.
[cups his hand over the phone]
Tommie Morolto: I tell you Joey, every fucking lawyer on the face of the earth oughta be killed.
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firmly implanted
3 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

When "The Firm" came out was - believe it or not - the first time that I had ever heard of Tom Cruise (although I didn't see the movie until several years later). And let me tell you, this was a great introduction. Cruise plays novice lawyer Mitch McDeere, who goes to work for a Memphis firm. With this firm, he has everything that anyone could want. But there's the question: why does everything seem so perfect? The answer lies in the firm's unseemly other side. And they're not just going to let Mitch blow their cover.

Sydney Pollack pulled off everything perfectly here. It's sort of like an Ira Levin novel how everything plays out. You may be suspicious of everything after seeing this movie. Above all, it shows that Tom Cruise can actually do a good job when he tries. Also starring Jeanne Tripplehorn, Gene Hackman, Hal Holbrook, Wilford Brimley, Ed Harris, Holly Hunter, David Strathairn and Gary Busey.

It's hard to believe that this was the first movie adaptation of a John Grisham novel.

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