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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mitch McDeere
... Abby McDeere
... Avery Tolar
... Oliver Lambert
... Lamar Quinn
... William Devasher
... Wayne Tarrance
... Tammy Hemphill
... Ray McDeere
... Eddie Lomax
... F. Denton Voyles
... The Nordic Man
... Kay Quinn
... Royce McKnight
... Thomas Richie
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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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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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30 June 1993 (USA)  »

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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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Potential directors included Lili Fini Zanuck and Kevin Reynolds, whose three million dollar fee was deemed to be too high. See more »

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Abby's wine glass when she has dinner with Mitch in the restaurant. See more »

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Mitch McDeere: You want to know something funny? You actually made me think about the law. I managed to go through three years of law school without doing that.
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Joining a law firm from hell can be detrimental to your health...
5 May 2001 | by See 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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