The Firm

  • 15
  • Sydney Pollack (1993)
  • US
  • 148 min
The Firm
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

After running rings around the US Navy in A Few Good Men, Tom Cruise returned to the courtroom for this big-screen adaptation of John Grisham's bestseller. The result is a lavish, star-studded legal thriller, which at times seems as if it is going to last as long as the OJ Simpson trial, but is never less than engrossing. Cruise plays a rising young lawyer who gets a dream job with a prestigious law firm only to discover that it offers more than just legal advice to one particularly sinister client. The ever excellent Gene Hackman is his jaded superior, but, as good as they are, the two stars are outshone by the seemingly never-ending parade of star supporting turns (Holly Hunter, Ed Harris, David Strathairn, Hal Holbrook and an unbilled Goodfellas reprise from Paul Sorvino). Director Sydney Pollack is as proficient as usual and just about manages to sustain the suspense throughout, even though the subject matter is fairly dry.

Plot Summary

Legal thriller based on John Grisham's bestseller, starring Tom Cruise, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Gene Hackman. Top Harvard law graduate Mitch McDeere expects to find work in the big city, but the highest bid for his talents comes from a paternalistic Memphis firm. Mitch throws himself into the job, despite his wife Abby's reservations, only to be warned by the FBI that the deaths of two company associates weren't accidental.

Cast and crew


Mitch McDeere
Tom Cruise
Abby McDeere
Jeanne Tripplehorn
Avery Tolar
Gene Hackman
Oliver Lambert
Hal Holbrook
Lamar Quinn
Terry Kinney
William Devasher
Wilford Brimley
Wayne Tarrance
Ed Harris
Tammy Hemphill
Holly Hunter
Ray McDeere
David Strathairn
Eddie Lomax
Gary Busey
F Denton Voyles
Steven Hill
Nordic man
Tobin Bell
Kay Quinn
Barbara Garrick
Royce McKnight
Jerry Hardin
Thomas Richie
Paul Calderon
Sonny Capps
Jerry Weintraub
Barry Abanks
Sullivan Walker
Nina Huff
Margo Martindale
Nathan Locke
John Beal
Squat man
Dean Norris
Frank Mulholland
Lou Walker
Rental agent
Debbie Turner
Wally Hudson
Tommy Cresswell
Randall Dunbar
David Kimball
Young woman on beach
Karina Lombard
Tommie Morolto
Paul Sorvino
Joey Morolto
Joe Viterelli


Sydney Pollack

Other Information

Violence, swearing and a sex scene.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate 15