This is another cracking good thriller, directed by Sydney Pollack, from a cracking good book by John Grisham. Mitch McDeere (Tom Cruise) joins a relatively small but quite prestigious law firm in Memphis, headed by Oliver Lambert (Hal Holbrook) even though he hasn't yet passed his final bar exam. The firm offer him very attractive terms and make it clear that they want him a part of the team. He and his wife Abby (Jeanne Tripplehorn) settle in and McDeere makes a good impression on his mentor in the firm, Avery Tolar (Gene Hackman). Eight weeks into his time with the firm, McDeere learns that two associates of the firm have been killed in a boating accident. Then a couple of guys from the FBI start taking an interest in him and McDeere learns that two others met with a similar fate a few years ago. This creates disquiet for the McDeeres. The FBI then make McDeere an offer that leaves him between a rock and a hard place. They want him to be a mole and report what goes on in the office, but if he decides to work with the FBI, his career is finished and he will have to relocate under the witness protection program. If Mitch doesn't cooperate with the FBI, then when they take down the firm, he will be indicted and serve a long prison sentence.
McDeere decides to hire a P.I. Eddie Lomax (Gary Busey) to investigate the deaths of the associates, but before he can even get started, he is killed - which deepens McDeere's fears about the firm. McDeere's brother Ray (David Strathairn) is in jail but coming up for a parole hearing. So Mitch makes a deal with the FBI to get Ray out of jail in return for the incriminating files. From then on it's a race against time for Mitch to get hold of the files and Ray to get away before the firm's hoodlums catch up with him. An excellent, tense and exciting story.