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The Firm (1993)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller  |  30 June 1993 (USA)
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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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Firma  »

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$42,000,000 (estimated)

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£6,393,211 (UK) (15 October 1993)
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The film was one of two adaptations from a John Grisham novel released in 1993, the other being The Pelican Brief (1993). See more »

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When Mitch is first stopped by the firm's security thugs, the albino opens the back door of the 4-door car so Mitch can get in. When they arrive at the destination, the car has 2 doors. See more »

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Mitch McDeere: You are FBI Agent Wayne Terrance, right?
Wayne Tarrance: Yeah, you're damn right! You may be able to get by the local cops, but...
[cell phone rings]
Wayne Tarrance: Hello!
Tammy: Is this Wayne Terrance?
Wayne Tarrance: Who is this?
Tammy: Is this Wayne Terrance?
Wayne Tarrance: Yeah, this is Wayne Terrance?
Tammy: So is this.
[plays tape of previous conversation with Mitch]
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Can a thriller about lawyers thrill? Beware a plot filled with technical twists.
25 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Firm (1993)

The twist in the plot as you realize this Memphis law firm is not what it seems, and the rather innocent freshman lawyer played by Tom Cruise is slow to catch on, is the core of the movie, and a relief. It starts steadily, or slowly, depending on your patience, and in fact plays many scenes out in more detail than we need for a kind of bookish thriller. It's not a bad ride, and there are some further, minor twists, but it's not packed tightly enough, or frankly original enough, to lift its boots out of the sand.

Director Sydney Pollack, hugely successful as a director and actor, might have just had bad scriptwriting here by David Rabe, because John Grisham's book had proved itself. The acting is really solid (I'm no Cruise fan, but he's fine), but the characters are often doing things that just don't quite follow, or that are improbable or stupid. Or they end up doing something dangerous and the danger is either watered down or ridiculous. Examples that come to mind are how they show Cruise discovering or stealing or xeroxing files. We get the plot, but it lumbers along, or is just shown, not built up with suspense. The cinematographer takes a hit here, I think. Things are often nicely framed and routinely well done, but a thriller needs to hide some things, show some things, create ambiance and mystery, and so on, visually. It doesn't really happen.

So, for a kind of technical high-stakes, rich person's good-guy bad-guy suspense film, it will get you through, but barely. By the last five minutes, if you aren't sucked in, you'll want to scream "hurry up!"


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