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

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Trivia

Tom Cruise starred (as a lawyer) in A Few Good Men (1992). Gene Hackman turned down the role of Col. Nathan Jessep because he was filming Unforgiven (1992). See more »

Goofs

When Ray and Mitch are talking about seeing Eddie Lomax, Ray says that he is a private investigator in Little Rock. But it plain by the meeting between Eddie and Mitch, that Lomax is in Memphis, not Little Rock. 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 Mad Love: The Spy Who Loved Me (2011) See more »

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Start It Up
Written by Robben Ford
Performed by Robben Ford & The Blue Line
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Whats with the Piano???
18 January 2020 | by dwn-63584See all my reviews

It's supposed to be a thriller/action/mystery of this FIRM... But in every built up scene they play this happy go lucky jolly piano that doesn't go with the movie in the slightest. I mean maybe once or twice. But after the 20th time of hearing it in spots where it doesn't belong.. It's downright ANNOYING!!!! Rating would be higher if not for the worst soundtrack decision in movie history!


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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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