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4.0 out of 5 stars Once you join the firm, leaving is not an option.......
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...
Published on 6 Feb 2005 by John Kimble

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3.0 out of 5 stars WATCHABLE MOVIE
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...
Published on 6 Jun 2008 by A. Adeyemi


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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Once you join the firm, leaving is not an option......., 6 Feb 2005
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John Kimble (N. Ireland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Firm The [1993] [DVD] (DVD)
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. Mitch's new employers are no ordinary law firm, unbeknown to Mitch he has just bought into a life in the mafia, whether he likes it or not.
His only way out is to steal files and hand them over to the feds, thus exposing the corruption. However in doing this not only will he be disbarred for breach of the lawyer client privilege, but he will also have a mafia contract on his life, and be forced to go on the run with the witness protection program.
Mitch has a decision to make.
This film, though different from the book in many respects is a very good adaptation matching the book stride for stride in many respects, however the last portion of the film bares little resemblance to the book, having a totally different ending. However that's Holywood for you, and to match a book exactly on the big screen is to make a film lasting many, many hours, as would be the case in all instances.
Personally I think the film was very good. It was enjoyable, provided some great scenes, good acting, tense moments and thrills and twists that keep the viewer interested and on the edge of their seat from the very start right through to the end.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars WATCHABLE MOVIE, 6 Jun 2008
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A. Adeyemi "Reader" (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Firm The [1993] [DVD] (DVD)
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 good classic film, 7 Jun 2014
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars The end makes no sense, 1 Jun 2014
Could those that love the film help me out and explain the logic of the ending. Do you know any mafia crime family that is going to say , "oh you know all our financial secrets and great, you also say you will abide by client confidentiality. Fine you really got us. We won't kill you."
It is major flaw. The only reason the firm does its best to protect its secret tie to the mafia is because they want the fee and are so scared that if anyone tries to leave it is best to kill them. It's all about the threat of the mafia , so how does it make sense for the hero of the story to go to the mafia and tell them about over charging. He says he needs the mafia's signature to a complaint about over charging. 1. No he doesn't 2. Why would the mafia family sign it? There's a tonne more I could point out don't stack up but hey. Basically the last 20 minutes don't stand up to logic.
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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
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty accurate rendering of John Grisham's book, and worth seeing as a film even if one's read the book., 1 Mar 2014
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The story line and script didn't demand as much from such a good actor as Tom Cruise, as eg The Rainmain, or even The Colour of Money? But he gives a comfortable performnce.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Second best Grisham adaptation?, 14 Feb 2014
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All the cast are at the top of their games here. From Tom right down to jigsaw himself. Thrilling ride.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping!, 12 Jan 2014
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When Mitch McDeere (Tom Cruise) graduates 3rd in his class from Harvard, he accepts an offer from a small family law firm in Memphis. At first things seem overwhelmingly great for Mitch and his wife Abbey, as they are showered with money and good 'ol southern hospitality.

But things are not as they seem and Mitch soon finds himself in a lose-lose situation; caught between a firm from which 'leaving is not an option' - indeed no one has ever left alive - and the FBI, whose involvement will leave him disbarred and with a mafia contract on his head. We share the brilliantly acted panic as Mitch spirals deeper and deeper into unavoidable chaos, dragging his suspicious wife with him. He wants out, but on his terms and with his life intact. It seems impossible...
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