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The Firm [Blu-ray] [1993]

Tom Cruise , Jeanne Tripplehorn , Sydney Pollack    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Tom Cruise, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Gene Hackman
  • Directors: Sydney Pollack
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Nov 2011
  • Run Time: 148 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,977 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



This first film adaptation of a John Grisham novel is a crackerjack popcorn movie that satisfies even though it radically changes the last half of the book. The novel's dynamic setup is intact: Mitch McDeere, a hot law graduate (a well-suited Tom Cruise), finds a dream job in a luxurious Memphis law firm. His superiors (Gene Hackman, Hal Holbrook) provide Mitch and his young wife, Abby (Jeanne Tripplehorn), with a house and plenty of money in exchange for lots of work, and maybe something more. Soon FBI agents (including a bald Ed Harris) encircle Mitch, telling him his firm has a sinister secret, forcing Mitch into a heck of a pickle. How Mitch deals with his situation is where the book and movie differ, yet by the time Mitch is running from bad guys with suitcase in hand, the movie delivers Grisham's goods. For Sydney Pollack's film, Mitch is more confrontational and heroic. Plot aside, the care Pollack put into this fair-weather thriller is unimpeachable, as is his cast. There is hardly a better all-star cast in any 1990s thriller, from Hackman and Harris in key roles to actors in smaller parts, sometimes with only a scene or two. Standouts include David Strathairn as Mitch's wayward brother, Wilford Brimley as the head of security, film producer Jerry Weintraub as an angry client, Gary Busey as a private investigator and Holly Hunter in a delicious, Oscar-nominated supporting role as Busey's most loyal of secretaries. The cast seems to have had as much fun making the film as we do watching it. It's slick Hollywood product, but first-rate all the way. --Doug Thomas

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Young, ambitious law student accepts a handsome bid from a seemingly prestigious Memphis law firm. But when he discovers that the m ob runs both the organization and the lives of its employees, he must devise a plan to save his wife, his career and himself from el imination.

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I would have given this movie a 5 stars because it is a good mob-related suspense yarn. Up there with the best of them. Fast paced, and a film that will have you nibbling your nails until the credits roll. I dropped a point, and well deservedly in my view, because of Tom Cruise overbearing Scientology-infused arrogance. I read that he made a deal with Paramount to only have his face on the cover and not share it with Hackman and when Gene Hackman refused to have his name to appear above the credits, which is the very least he deserved, he was refused that request too and so he then he asked for his name to be removed from the credits altogether rather than be treated like a cameo or support actor. Like all Hackman movies, for which he has a leading role in this as with other films, it is he that makes this film enjoyable and his acting is superb and well modulated, unlike Cruise's overacting in this film. What appalling treatment of a great actor - Gene, that is.
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Mitch McDeere (Tom Cruise) has graduated 3rd in his class at Harvard, all the big firms are about to come calling. He has come a long way from a broken and humble family to make it to the brink of boundless opportunity, and touching distance of unlimited success. He and his wife Abbey, (Jeanne Tripplehorn) a school teacher, have lived the poor life for the duration of his studies, but her faith in him never wavered. As far as she was concerned he was always capable of making six figures.
However what they didn't expect was an offer from a smaller law firm, from Memphis, called Bendini, Lambert and Locke. They want Mitch more than anyone, and they claim they will beat any offer made, somehow they already know what his best offer is. Mitch and Abbey are invited down to Memphis for the weekend, all expenses paid, to have a look around the town and also to attend a party and meet the other partners of the firm.
It is here that things begin to seem a little odd, some things just don't fit, why exactly is it that, "the firm encourages children" and "while not forbidding the wives to work, the firm does not necessarily think it appropriate".
However, Mitch is won over, and it's not long before he and Abbey are heading south to their new house, white picket fence included, with a BMW in the driveway.
The firm immediately begins to swamp Mitch with work for the bar exam whilst introducing him to his unorthodox mentor, Avery. (Gene Hackman) Abbey is also kept busy with renovations for their new house, and gets to meet some of the other wives of partners in the firm.
However just as he's settling in Mitch is approached by an FBI agent (Ed Harris) who informs him that no one has ever left his firm alive! Some have tried, but all have ended up dead.
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3.0 out of 5 stars WATCHABLE MOVIE 6 Jun 2008
The movie an adaptation of John Grisham's Novel of the same name follows the pacey plot of the book till the last portion where it completely deviates from the book. After reading the novel and then watching the movie you ask, why Mitch took the trouble to steal the files if at the end he was only going to cut a deal with the Mafia? In the Novel the storyline centred on exposing the the Law firm as an arm the Mafia operating as a conduit for the Mafia in its money laundering operations. The movie on the otherhand makes the mafia a victim of the lawfirms illegal billing activities one wonders which is the more serious crime?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sinister going ons in the Firm 23 July 2014
By Valerie
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Over the years I have watched this film many times.The acting is good and the scenery is appealing both in Memphis and the Great Cayman Islands The law firm Tom Cruise goes to work for are rather sinister and as the plot unfolds it becomes obvious why. They are close knit community and wives are expected to stay at home with their children. The chase scene at the end is heart stopping. I would recommend this film to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good classic film 7 Jun 2014
By mazza
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bought to replace old dvd good film has some surprising twists and turns well worth the purchase and quick delivery
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5.0 out of 5 stars oldie but goodie 2 May 2014
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edge of your seat stuff ! a must see especially if you enjoy tom its a great performance indeed. a great thriller.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Firm 20 Mar 2014
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Tom Cruise in this thriller is amazing and nothing is given away by him before-hand, leaving you wandering what comes next and giving the 'movie watcher' much entertainment. It is a really scary mob-related movie and I think one is highly rated by myself and sister.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast moving 17 Mar 2014
By Aileen
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Having read the book, it was really good to see it bought to life on the screen. Very fast moving, not sure if I would have understood it if I had not read the book
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