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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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Sydney Pollack

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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 »


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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 June 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Firm See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

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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Trivia

Robin Wright turned down the part later taken by Jeanne Tripplehorn. See more »

Goofs

Mitch is told by Mulholland they were billed 33hrs. Back at the office on the PC - if you add up the hours for the month of Dec/92, it totals 37.9hrs. You are then shown his time manually added up to be 28hrs then the actual bill is for 33hrs. Further if you look on the bill for Dec 22, the amount was 6.1hrs yet the PC shows only 5.1 hrs. See more »

Quotes

Abby McDeere: What are they going to do to you?
Avery Tolar: Whatever it is, they did it a long time ago.
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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 »

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The far-fetched law firm from hell!
5 June 1999 | by NGBSee 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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