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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.

Director:

Sydney Pollack

Writers:

John Grisham (novel), David Rabe (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Cruise ... Mitch McDeere
Jeanne Tripplehorn ... Abby McDeere
Gene Hackman ... Avery Tolar
Hal Holbrook ... Oliver Lambert
Terry Kinney ... Lamar Quinn
Wilford Brimley ... William Devasher
Ed Harris ... Wayne Tarrance
Holly Hunter ... Tammy Hemphill
David Strathairn ... Ray McDeere
Gary Busey ... Eddie Lomax
Steven Hill ... F. Denton Voyles
Tobin Bell ... The Nordic Man
Barbara Garrick ... Kay Quinn
Jerry Hardin ... Royce McKnight
Paul Calderon ... Thomas Richie
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Storyline

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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Power can be murder to resist. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

When the movie was first released on VHS in December 1993, the cassettes were colored blue. See more »

Goofs

The law firm inundates the new hire with every possible benefit, lavish starting salary, house, car etc. But then they don't pay for their move from Boston to Memphis? A U-Haul hooked behind a beat-up Supra? With a job like this, one would expect that a moving company would be hired to do a door-to-door move including packing the whole household, while they would fly first class. See more »

Quotes

Mitch McDeere: You are Agent Wayne Terrance.
Wayne Tarrance: Yeah, you're goddamn right I am, and maybe local cops can't...
[stops as he realizes Mitch has baited him, then answers phone when it rings]
Wayne Tarrance: . Yeah?
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, self-incriminating conversation with Mitch]
[...]
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Crazy Credits

Since laundering drug money is a major theme, this appears: "The producers wish to thank the Cayman Islands Government...for their cooperation in the making of this film and acknowledge that the Cayman Islands have strict antidrug and money laundering laws which are rigorously enforced." See more »

Alternate Versions

In the scene when Mitch is at the Cayman Islands, and is talking to his new client Sonny Capps about tax representation, there is a line that had a strange overdubbing. Mitch's line "You'd feel like you were fucked with a dick big enough for an elephant to feel it" was re-shot for television. In the TV version, the line was replaced with "You'd feel like you had a prostate exam with a beach umbrella to feel it." See more »

Connections

Featured in Home and Away: Episode #1.1536 (1994) See more »

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Down De Road
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Joining a law firm from hell can be detrimental to your health...
5 May 2001 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

All the elements to make a hard-hitting melodrama of corruption (with FBI and Mafia aspects present) are unfolded here in a gripping yarn from John Grisham's novel. Tom Cruise is excellent as a young man who joins a small but prosperous law firm, only to discover that all the perks he enjoys come at great expense to his integrity, not to mention his life. The plot thickens when members of the firm are murdered and Cruise gets drawn into the unmasking of the firm, risking his life to reveal the criminals. Gene Hackman, Ed Harris, Holly Hunter and Hal Holbrook all give strong performances, with Hunter fully deserving her Oscar nomination. The pacing is good despite the film's length (well over 2 1/2 hrs.) and there's seldom a dull moment. Especially gripping is the supercharged climax.

Not having read the book, I see where others are disappointed with the ending. Having no comparison to make, I can only say that it kept me absorbed until the final scene. Definitely a must-see if you enjoy action thrillers with a climactic punch. One of the best films of the '90s, full of suspenseful twists and turns.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 June 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,400,000, 4 July 1993

Gross USA:

$158,348,367

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$270,248,367
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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