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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...
The Firm boasts a great cast and some strong performances, as well as a relatively interesting subject matter, but is ultimately too bloated, dull and poorly written to be at all enjoyable.
This film proves a few things, firstly that nobody can run in a suit, with a briefcase better than Tom Cruise.
And secondly that Tom Cruise was always a superstar.
It his star appeal that carries The Firm shuddering along to its lumpy conclusion.
Gene Hackman gives Tom Cruise an acting lesson in Sydney Pollack's legal thriller in which our Tom does his usual running around,this time in a suit.
As Cruise vehicles go,this wasn't bad. No signs of Scientology,no wives or ex-wives only an intelligent story of the real criminals in American society-LAWYERS.Seriously though this has two of my favourite actors each in minor roles. David Strathairn can say more with a look or a gesture than some actors can with a thousand words. Usually an unsung gem he again makes a lasting impression with just a few lines of dialogue.Holly Hunter however won an Oscar for saying nothing,but in this she brings her full repertoire of emotions to bare in a take…
Un thriller muy deudor de los setenta y de los que el propio Pollack dirigiera por aquella época, contando aquí con el gran Robert Towne, como hiciera en The Yakuza.
A mi gusto el mejor film basado en una novela de John Grisham de todos aquellos con los que nos bombardearon hace dos décadas. Sus dos horas y media se ven muy a gusto, lo que no cabe duda es mérito de Pollack, poseedor de una filmografía ecléctica e interesantísima .
A destacar el omnipresente piano de Dave Grusin, casi un protagonista más.
The Firm was John Grisham’s breakthrough novel and the first to receive a film adaptation, setting the tone and texture for a staggering amount of 90s cinema in the process. It revolves around Mitch McDeere (Tom Cruise), a prodigious young lawyer who’s poached straight out of Harvard by Bendini, Lambert and Locke, a family values firm from Memphis that prides itself on not counting a single divorcee among its staff, nor a single woman among its partners. However, as McDeere and his wife Abby (Jeanne Tripplehorn) quickly learn from mentor Avery Tolar (Gene Hackman), nobody has left the firm in the last twenty years and lived to tell the tale. At first that seems like mere coincidence, until McDeere gradually…
Cruise gets hired at a law firm, everything seems peachy but a bit cliquey and odd. Hackman is his mentor, learning him how to lawyer.
Pretty soon there's an untimely boat explosion, killing two of the firm's older lawyers. Ed Harris appears on the scene with a shaved head.
Lots of conspiracy stuff, Cruise getting paranoid. Wasn't expecting a shootout between Gary Busey and Jigsaw.
Mafia connection, the law firm is basically one big crime family. Slow to start but it gets around to the crime stuff eventually, Cruise has to decide if he's sticking with the firm or helping the FBI end them before bailing the fuck out.
It's a proper fun, glossy, legal thriller, Cruise rules as usual, plenty of fun shit happening. The end gets convoluted in a good way, lots of people with plans going up against each other.
Any movie with a plot point revolving around Gene Hackman being black out drunk is a recommendation.
I remember the biggest question here in America when this came out, was if the bad guy was the same guy from the Quaker oats oatmeal commercials. Yes it is him, Wilfred Brimley. That was really odd to see the oatmeal guy playing bad. Americans were confused, does he want to kill Tom Cruise or feed him Quaker Oats.
One thing I did not realize the first time I saw this is how much it follows the formula from the old Stepford films. Which brings me to another Nicole Kidman mention during this mini Cruise marathon, her being in the Stepford remake. Perhaps a metaphor to her marriage with Cruise.
A film about the Skull and cross bones society.
A reasonably good adaptation with an all-star cast that makes for a satisfying thriller.
I was originally going to give The Firm 3.5 stars because I was very entertained while watching it, however, there isn't anything all that outstanding or memorable about it besides an impressive cast. The score isn't good which is the deal breaker so 3/5 it is.
This film would've been a whole lot better if the soundtrack didn't sound like I was watching a Peanuts special. Hard to take a thriller seriously with rent-a-villains and jazz piano playing throughout.
A young lawyer joins a prestigious law firm only to discover that it has a sinister dark side.
A good cast and great performances but this movie just drags on and on until you just want it all to end. The story and concept are really good but it failed to keep my interest and it all gets a bit too complicated.
The movie doesn't stand up very well all of these years later.
Not nearly as intense as I remember it being and some of the "cheating drama" (on both sides) goes on a little longer than it probably needs to be, but still, this is a pretty enjoyable and solid - though slightly lighthearted - thriller.
The casting is terrific. Holbrook, Hunter, Hackman. And damn do I love David Starthairn. I especially like the inclusion of Wilford Brimley. A normally nice old guy, but who's a real creepy bastard in this movie.
90's piano overload
And awkward sex on the beach
Tom cruze is a old runner .... Just sayin
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- 7th Heaven
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- Mr. Woodcock
- Deep Rising
- Bangkok Dangerous
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