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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...
A jazzy thriller with a strong cast, Sydney Pollack's "The Firm" offers a worthy and engaging adaptation of John Grisham's legal potboiler. Starring Tom Cruise and Gene Hackman, the film follows a bright, young attorney facing the pull of prestige and prosperity and caught up in a web of deceit. Easily entertaining and crisply compelling, the film provides sturdy drama and solid excitement.
Cruise plays the fresh-out-of-law-school Mitch McDeere who moves his family from Boston to Memphis when a job at a well-known firm beckons. That job has dark edges, however, and soon McDeere's safety is in doubt.
Grisham's story makes for an intriguing script, and Pollack's pulls everything together with sophistication. Direction rarely calls attention to itself, and Pollack…
Recommend by Connor Carey
While, about 15-20 mins too long, the plot at times can become a bit silly, and some scenes feel like they could've been left on the cutting room, "The Firm" is still a rock solid tense thriller with rock solid performances from everyone involved, a gripping premise, and despite being overlong, at 2 hours and 30 mins, it is still paced pretty well. Nothing revolutionary, but a very enjoyable and well made thriller nevertheless.
The Firm is yet another solid movie from Tom Cruise. It features great performances from everyone in the cast, an exceptional story, a tense atmosphere, and great pacing. Cruise is phenomenal in the lead role as usual, as is Gene Hackman, Ed Harris and others. I was invested in the story from beginning to end, and the movie always managed to surprise me. However, it's definitely too long at points, and I felt that it got a bit convoluted at times. But other than that, I really enjoyed The Firm. Definitely recommended for fans of Cruise, or anyone looking for a solid thriller to watch.
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.
A movie relic of a bygone era, one where Grisham and Clancy were kings, and the movies at the cineplex seemed impossibly "adult" to my young mind. Even if this movie were really bad, I'd probably love it, drinking in the complicated law mechanics, ominous piano score, and opulent offices full of leather chairs and mahogany furnishings. Kind of hilarious that, despite all the corruption and murder, Cruise's biggest fear seems to be getting disbarred; oh this was written by a lawyer, you say? I love this cast: Busey, Holly Hunter, David Strathairn, Gene Damn Hackman, and Wilford Brimley saying, "What do you think I am around here, a fucking night watchman?" Not to mention the scene where Cruise ~spoiler~ angrily kicks the crap out of him. Fun for "adults".
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.
John Grisham stuff feels so samey.
Overall, The Firm is an enjoyable thriller with good performances and an engaging story.
At times, the hoops this jumps through to keep Tom Cruise's character incorruptible and law-abiding can feel rather contrived. Even when he fucks up, it's not totally his fault, because his employers are evil and he was set up.
Also, this is a great time to make a comment about stomping out diabetes.
It's a lot like the book in tone even though it does change some of the scenes. It's a well-done popcorn thriller.
The Firm is an interesting legal thriller. Tom Cruise plays an up-and-coming lawyer who joins a law firm that sounds too good to be true (and of course is). He eventually discovers what they are up to and plays cat-and-mouse with both his firm and the FBI agents trying to take them down. Cruise is good as always and his character has an interesting dynamic with his wife. Their relationship is on the brink of coming apart, but they still clearly love each other. Gene Hackman is really good as one of the villains. He comes across as sleazy at first, but we eventually see a good side to him. I thought it was cool that the story doesn't play out how you would think.
A potentially great movie ruined by its score. Is this a suspense thriller or a goddamn Charlie Brown Holiday Special?
"The Firm" is the only John Grisham book I've ever read, and while I remember barely anything about it, I remember that the movie version veered far away from the plot of the book as it reached its climax.
I also remember that the film is flabby, far too long and has one of the most annoying piano scores I've ever heard in a film. This belongs to Tom Cruise's cocky wonder-boy period (or wait, maybe he's still in that period).
What I remember most about this movie is the performance of Holly Hunter in a tiny role as a secretary. She acts like she's in a totally different movie, and that's a good thing. She brings some pizazz to all of the cloak and dagger hoo-ha.
Tom is looking for a new challenge since his barman days and pool exploits were so successful. He craves a bit of Risky Business and finds a new job as a lawyer, but his employer is a tad dodgy. Tom is an absolute Legend in this tale of misery and woe. Tom enjoys good weather as there are no Days of Thunder. Tom has to juggle the FBI and ensure he can escape with his life intact.
This involves lots of photocopying and clicking on a mouse whilst operating out of date software. This epic is a real War Of The Worlds between one company and the great Tom.
Tom works Knight and Day to take down the crooks that…
Very long for a thriller with some silly plot points. The score is annoying as hell.
High quality John Grisham adaptation hits its peak early on with Tom Cruise doing gymnastics with a young black street performer.
The rest of its pretty good too though with a small army of character actors and heavy hitters like Hackman and a peak of his powers Cruise keeping it exciting. Director Sydney Pollack earns a very long run time by keeping the twists unfolding gracefully. Wasn't into Jeanne Tripplehorn here, who was coming off a great role in "Basic Instinct". She doesn't feel like the right fit at all chemistry wise for Cruise, and the scenes with her and old man Hackman are just pure cringe. Other thoughts:
-Very interesting jazz/blues piano score from Dave Grusin would get…
This suspenseful business thriller is amazing. Tom Cruise is fantastic. The only thing I really didn't like was the score. Fantastic film otherwise.
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…