Power can be murder to resist.
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- Rated: R
- Run Time: 2 hours, 34 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: September 12, 2017
- Originally Released: 1993
- Label: Paramount
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- English, French
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Tom Cruise, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris, Holly Hunter, Hal Holbrook & David Strathairn|
|Performer:||Wilford Brimley, Gary Busey, Paul Sorvino, Terry Kinney, Steven Hill, Tobin Bell, Barbara Garrick, Jerry Hardin, Paul Calderon, Margo Martindale & John Beal|
|Directed by||Sydney Pollack|
|Edited by||Fredric Steinkamp & William Steinkamp|
|Screenplay by||David Rabe, Robert Towne & David Rayfiel|
|Original story by||John Grisham|
|Composition by||Dave Grusin|
|Produced by||John Davis, Sydney Pollack & Scott Rudin|
|Director of Photography:||John Seale|
|Executive Production by||Michael Hausman & Lindsay Doran|
Rating: 2/5 -- The movie is extremely long (two hours and 34 minutes) and so slow that by the end you feel as if you've been standing up even if you've been sitting down.
New York Times
Rating: B -- The Firm amusingly satirizes the New Traditionalist aspirations of today's young urban elite -- not so much the lifestyle itself as the illusion of utter security it represents. Full Review
...A very smooth adaptation of John Grisham's giant bestseller....[The] supporting cast is stellar indeed...
3 stars out of 5 -- Cruise is at his winsome best, surrounded by a barrage of fine character performances from Ed Harris, Holly Hunter and David Strathairn...
Rating: 3/5 -- Too-long Grisham thriller is full of adult themes. Full Review
Common Sense Media
A smooth adaptation of John Grisham's giant bestseller that is destined to be one of the summer's strong audience pleasers.
Adorning the film, in supporting roles, are its saving graces. Full Review
Sydney Pollack directs Tom Cruise in this fast-paced legal thriller based on John Grisham's best-selling novel. Lured by extraordinary financial perks, Mitch McDeere, a young and hungry Harvard Law student, turns down offers at the top law firms to take a position at a small but wealthy Memphis firm. Mitch, a boy from the wrong side of the tracks fueled by ambition and greed, ignores his wife Abby's initial misgivings about the suspiciously paternalistic practices of his new employers. It's only when two of his fellow lawyers die in a mysterious accident that Mitch begins to share her apprehensions. He then launches an investigation into the true nature of the firm and discovers that it is a front for a complex and sinister web of organized crime, one from which no lawyer has managed to escape alive. Solid storytelling and fine performances bring this seemingly improbable situation straight into reality.
Law / Lawyers | Organized Crime | Suspense | Thriller | Murder | Recommended | Theatrical Release | Crime
- Theatrical release: June 30, 1993.
- Filmed on location in Memphis, Tennessee; Grand Cayman Islands; Washington, DC; and Boston, Massachusetts.