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In this drama, based on the best-selling novel by John Grisham, Mitch McDeer Tom Cruise is a young man from a poor Southern family who has struggled through Harvard Law School to graduate fifth in his class. Mitch is entertaining offers from major firms in New York and Chicago, but when Memphis-based Bendini, Lambert, & Locke offer him a 20 percent higher salary than the best offer he's received, in addition to an enticing variety of perks and fringe benefits, he decides to sign on and remain in the South. ...
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In this drama, based on the best-selling novel by John Grisham, Mitch McDeer Tom Cruise is a young man from a poor Southern family who has struggled through Harvard Law School to graduate fifth in his class. Mitch is entertaining offers from major firms in New York and Chicago, but when Memphis-based Bendini, Lambert, & Locke offer him a 20 percent higher salary than the best offer he's received, in addition to an enticing variety of perks and fringe benefits, he decides to sign on and remain in the South. Mitch's wife, Abby Jeanne Tripplehorn, warns him that the deal sounds almost too good to be true, but it's not until after several weeks of working with Avery Tolar Gene Hackman that Mitch discovers that the vast majority of BL&L's business is tied to organized crime, with crime boss Joey Morolto Paul Sorvino using the firm to launder Mafia money. FBI agents Wayne Tarrance Ed Harris and F. Denton Voyles Steven Hill try to blackmail Mitch into helping them make a case against the firm, while BL&L's "security director" William Devasher Wilford Brimley is blackmailing him to do as he's told after Mitch foolishly allows himself to be seduced by a prostitute hired by the firm. The Firm was adapted for the screen by acclaimed playwright David Rabe and features performances by Hal Holbrook, Holly Hunter, and Gary Busey.
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  • Release Date: 11/12/1996
  • UPC: 097363252337
  • Original Release: 1993
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Cruise Mitch McDeere
Jeanne Tripplehorn Abby McDeere
Gene Hackman Avery Tolar
Hal Holbrook Oliver Lambert
Ed Harris Wayne Tarrance
Terry Kinney Lamar Quinn
Wilford Brimley William Devasher
Holly Hunter Tammy Hemphill
David Strathairn Ray McDeere
Gary Busey Eddie Lomax
Steven Hill F. Denton Voyles
Tobin Bell The Nordic Man
Barbara Garrick Kay Quinn
Jerry Hardin Royce McKnight
Paul Calderon Thomas Richie
Jerry Weintraub Sonny Capps
Karina Lombard Young Woman on Beach
Donald Jones Attorney
Margo Martindale Nina Huff
John Beal Nathan Locke
Dean Norris Squat Man
Lou Walker Frank Mulholland
Debbie Turner Rental Agent
Tommy Cresswell Wally Hudson
David A. Kimball Randall Dunbar
Bart Whiteman Dutch
David Dwyer Prison Guard
Mark W. Johnson FBI Agent
Afemo Omilami Cotton Truck Driver
Clint Smith Cotton Truck Driver
Joey Anderson Ruth
Jonathan E. Kaplan Lawyer Recruiter
Rebecca Glenn Young Woman at Patio Bar
James White Singer at Hyatt
Paul Sorvino Joey Morolto "uncredited"
Greg Goossen Vietnam Veteran
Technical Credits
Sydney Pollack Director, Producer
John Davis Producer
Lindsay Doran Executive Producer
John Grisham Original Story
Dave Grusin Score Composer
Casey Hallenbeck Set Decoration/Design
Michael Hausman Executive Producer
Chuck Jeffreys Stunts
Richard MacDonald Production Designer
David MacMillan Sound/Sound Designer
David McGiffert Asst. Director
Ruth Myers Costumes/Costume Designer
Ben Nye Jr. Makeup
Daniel Pyne Screenwriter
David Rabe Screenwriter
David Rayfiel Screenwriter
David Rubin Casting
Scott Rudin Producer
John Seale Cinematographer
Frederic Steinkamp Editor
William Steinkamp Editor
Robert Towne Screenwriter
John Willett Art Director
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  • Posted November 30, 2012

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    Loved it, right up until the ending did not follow the book. Wi

    Loved it, right up until the ending did not follow the book. Wilford Brimley is always awesome. (See him in THE THING instead.) And Tripplehorn is beautiful. You can tell my primitive level of movie reviewing, so ignore me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2011

    Highly Recommended!- Must Read!

    John Grisham was born February 8, 1955. He graduated from Mississippi State University, then attended law school there. Many of his books have been translated into 29 languages and have been published worldwide. Many have also become best-sellers and movies. Some of these are, The Client, The Pelican Brief, The Rainmaker, and A Time to Kill.
    The Firm is about a lawyer, Mitchell McDeere, who joins a law firm in Memphis right out of Harvard Law School where he graduated top in his class. At first the firm seems picture perfect, but in time you will find out there is much more to know about this firm than expected.
    The Firm is written in a way that always keeps you on your toes. You never know what to expect next, and the suspense keeps you from ever wanting to put the book down. There is never a dull moment in the book, and you are always discovering new interesting or astonishing facts.
    We give this book 5 out of 5 stars. We all really enjoyed the book and want to read on to some of Grisham's other books he has published. We recommend this book to those who do not mind waiting in suspense, and not being able to predict what will happen next.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    well i like Tom Crusie so The Firm is a real good film

    yes i like Tom Crusie so The Firm is a well good movie i like movies like The Firm

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not as good as I expected,

    The Firm was an okay movie. The first part was pretty faithful to the book but then it just went down! First of all I thought that the influence of Avery Tolar was not that important in the movie. I also thought that the ending was completly different. Totally not worth my time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good movie

    The Firm is a very suspensful movie based on the best-selling novel of the same name by John Grisham. It tells the story of a struggling law student who just so happens to stumble upon the deal of a lifetime at a secretive tax firm. Little does he realize, however that his life at that point is over. The Firm is a fast-paced thriller that all can enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Firm better than I expected

    The Firm is a very compelling movie. It stars Tom Cruise, Holly Hunter, Ed Harris as well as other well noted stars. It has alot of the same plot elements that the book has. Tom Cruise stars as Mitch, the hard-working Harvard Law student who becomes enticed by the Bendini firm's benefits and salary. Little does he realize, however, that his luck is about to change. He soon finds out that the firm is owned by one of the most powerful crime families in the world, and he just might be their next target. The Firm gives a great story at breakneck speeds that gives the audience what they paid for. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a great story.

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