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The Firm

The Firm

Sydney Pollack (1993)

148min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
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.

Summary

Harvard law graduate Mitch is headhunted to work for a prestigious law firm, despite his wife's warnings that it is too good to be true. After two of his colleagues are murdered, Mitch is approached by the FBI and informed the company is controlled by the Mafia - leaving him in a deadly predicament. Thriller, adapted from the novel by John Grisham, starring Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Holly Hunter.

Cast & 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
Director Sydney Pollack
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Guidance: Violence, swearing and a sex scene. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay

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