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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.
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".
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…
Mitch McDeere: "Are you saying my life is in danger?"
Denton Voyles: "I am saying that your life as you know it is over."
Tom Cruise's filmography continues to impress me. The Firm features a great performance from the always dependable Cruise and many more great performances from the excellent cast around him. What really made the film for me was the atmosphere that was present throughout. It was very tense. Also I loved the score. The Firm is pretty long, but it is very well paced and it kept me guessing. I'd definitely recommend it. 8/10
"No lawyer's ever left your law firm alive."
Sidney Pollack's film version of the Grisham novel has always been a bit of a guilty pleasure... it's not without problems and it certainly isn't as good as the book, but it's still a movie I enjoy rewatching every few years. The cast is impressive... one of Cruise's better performances, Hackman is great as always, Jeanne Tripplehorn is stunningly beautiful, and then there's the supporting cast ... Hal Holbrook, Ed Harris, Wilford Brimley, Oscar-nominated Holly Hunter, David Strathairn, Gary Busey, Tobin Bell, Jerry Weintraub, Dean Norris, Paul Sorvino, and even an early appearance by Margo Martindale. Plus too many "Hey, I know that guy" faces to mention.
The plot has quite a…
This hit my sweet spot on just about every level. If there had been inexplicable explosions and maybe a car chase or two, this would have been an automatic five.
A lawyer has a legal conundrum. He finds a way out of the legal conundrum with legal loopholes. A very original lawyer.
I was in the mood for a splashy studio film, and this definitely is one. I can't say that it ever surprised me, but it hits its legal thriller beats in a taut, polished way. Especially at the beginning, there's way too much information to establish; but screenwriters David Rabe, Robert Towne, and David Rayfiel (!) do their best to cheat with montages. The film feels slow only in the second Cayman Islands sequence, which is also, probably not coincidentally, when the suspension of disbelief is straining the most.
T.C. doesn't get too many T.C. things to do until the last half-hour of running, but he does a good job of embodying Midwestern dreamboatery, which is all that's really asked…
BOX OFFICE. 💰💰💰 💲270.0 million
Sydney Pollack's "The Firm" is John Grisham 101. This is a crisp, clean legal thriller that hits all the proper points (murder, cat and mouse chases, trips to exotic islands, bugged phone lines, a foreign contract killer, double crosses, the FBI). The film keeps everything nice and tidy and ends on a satisfactory note. Films like "The Firm" (well made, clearheaded crowd pleasers) are easy to enjoy. "The Firm" is propelled by an involving but straightforward story and a strong performance from Tom Cruise. He is backed by a large, talented, supporting cast. Nothing about the story is all that surprising but it's handled in a way that never insults your intelligence, which says a lot.
Music (Original Score) - Dave Grusin
Actress in a Supporting Role - Holly Hunter in "The Firm"
1.0/5.0 = Bad
A fundamentally sound narrative is thrown to the wayside through a bloated runtime, sappy dialogue scenes, boring blocking and all-round generic direction. Although Cruise and Hackman have good on screen chemistry and both do a fine job with their performances, the cliched antagonists only amplify how ridiculous the film appears.
The "conspiracy theory" conceit isn't what bogs down the film, but rather the lazy, dated execution. Everything from the soundtrack to the generically evil antagonists damage the films overall credibility.
What ruins the film ultimately is that it feels unapologetically juvenile. Characters like Cruise's brother who's doing time in prison feel like ridiculous plot contrivances that only exist to further propel Cruise's character to make important narrative decisions. It's weak writing and weaker directing.
more saggy than firm
Far better than I'd heard. It's so immersed within the 90's from beginning to end that watching it now is slightly funny in places, and the scope of the film doesn't allow for the audience to understand or envisage the scale of the firm in question that the book does, but it does make for a thrilling and well-paced drama that borrows as much from TV movies as it does from high-profile political thrillers.
this is the kind of Tommy I like, the kind that still bleeds thru a bit in the M:I films and like Jack Reacher
If I find out Tom Cruise did those back flips for real this gets an extra star
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