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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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They made him an offer he should have refused See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Avery talks to Mitch while standing in the doorway, he has a briefcase. In the next shot, the briefcase disappears and both hands are in his pocket. See more »

Quotes

Avery Tolar: Being a tax lawyer's got nothing to do with the law. It's a game. We teach the rich how to play it so they can stay rich. The IRS keeps changing the rules so we can keep getting rich teaching them. It's a game...
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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

Referenced in Antitrust (2001) See more »

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Start It Up
Written by Robben Ford
Performed by Robben Ford & The Blue Line
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Alternate Screenplay
8 November 2003 | by thebaldguySee all my reviews

I wanted to get a copy of the screenplay to compare the movie with the dialog and directions, but initially received the FIRST draft by David Rabe. I finally got the shooting script later. All I can say is that it ended with Mc Deere blowing away all the partners in a restaurant with an AK-47. It really made me appreciate the re-write by David Rayfiel and Robert Towne. I have watched this movie many times and enjoy the suspense, romance, and Grusin's solo piano score, which always blows me away. But the one thing that impressed me most with multiple viewing, is how Gene Hackman really makes the movie work. His portrayal of this corrupt, but incredably likeable character is the one thread that holds the movie together for me and goes down as one of his most memorable acting performances.


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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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