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The Firm [1993] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Tom Cruise, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Gene Hackman, Hal Holbrook, Terry Kinney
  • Directors: Sydney Pollack
  • Writers: David Rabe, David Rayfiel, John Grisham, Robert Towne
  • Producers: John Davis, Lindsay Doran, Michael Hausman
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL
  • Language: English, German
  • Subtitles: English, German, Swedish, Turkish, Danish, Hungarian, Polish, Icelandic, Dutch, Arabic, Finnish
  • Dubbed: Czech
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Dec. 2000
  • Run Time: 148 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000505GX
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,423 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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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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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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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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This is an intelligent, engaging and mostly very successful thriller based on the book of the same name by John Grisham. Tom Cruise stars as Mitch McDeere, backed by an incredibly strong ensemble class that includes Gene Hackman, Ed Harris, Holly Hunter, Garey Busey and a handful of movie regulars (such as Wilford Brimley and Hal Holbrook), who you will instantly recognise even if you can't place them right away.

Young Mitch McDeere, fresh out of Harvard Law School and with his young wife (Jeanne Tripplehorn) is recruited into the prestigious Memphis law firm of Bendini, Lambert and Locke. Plunged into the "big league" and put under pressure to exceed when he sits the Bar Exam, young Mitch is completely thrown when he runs into two complete strangers (Ed Harris and sidekick) in a late-night diner. They drop some curious hints about the Firm that young Mitch has just joined, sending the lawyer on a wild, roller-coaster journey into the unknown - one that involves crooks, mobsters, Private Investigators and more.

As the pressure rises, as suspicions grow and as Mitch needs to figure out the good guys from the bad guys, things are only just beginning to get interesting...

This is a well-crafted thriller, replete with some excellent performances, a mostly-taught plot and just about the right amount of suspense to keep things moving along. The film does deviate from the book in a few places (mainly, it is guessed, because the subtle incracies of the book would be hard to convey on screen, as well as an attempt to ratchet up some tension).
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Tom excels in the role of a cocky young legal high flyer duped into employment by a corrupt law firm who must find a way to get out while staying alive, avoiding jail, rescuing his marriage and upholding his professional ethics as and advocate, all the while looking impossibly hot.
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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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