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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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The first of three adapted John Grisham novels that Gene Hackman would star in. He would go on to star in The Chamber (1996) and Runaway Jury (2003). See more »

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When Mrs. McDeere goes to the Cayman Island and agrees to sit with Avery, Avery orders two Havana Club from a waitress who he addresses by name . The waitress responds; "Okay Mr. Taylor" or "Right away Mr. Taylor. Was this misquoting of his name intentional perhaps to show he is of no importance to her or is it a goof by the actress playing the waitress? See more »

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The Nordic Man: Why are you asking questions about dead lawyers?
Eddie Lomax: What dead lawyers?
The Nordic Man: [shoots Eddie on the shoulder] Who hired you to do that?
Eddie Lomax: Ok... Ok. Just let me think... His name was... Julio Iglesias.
[shoots the other thug in the leg]
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Charlton Heston/Paul Westerberg (1993) See more »

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Blame It On The Rum
Written & Performed by James White
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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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