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The Firm
The Firm
Actors: Tom Cruise, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Gene Hackman, Hal Holbrook, Terry Kinney
Director: Sydney Pollack
Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
R     2000     2hr 34min

A young lawyer takes a dream job only to find out he is working for the mob and that the Feds want to use him to destroy the firm. Genre: Suspense Rating: R Release Date: 19-AUG-2003 Media Type: DVD


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Actors: Tom Cruise, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Gene Hackman, Hal Holbrook, Terry Kinney
Director: Sydney Pollack
Creators: John Davis, Lindsay Doran, Michael Hausman, David Rabe, David Rayfiel, John Grisham, Robert Towne
Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Paramount
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 05/23/2000
Original Release Date: 06/30/1993
Theatrical Release Date: 06/30/1993
Release Year: 2000
Run Time: 2hr 34min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English
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Peter Q. (Petequig)
Reviewed on 9/18/2011...
Great mystery thriller that sneaks up on you.
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Nancy W. from CHARLOTTE, NC
Reviewed on 12/31/2010...
So dang scary it is believable!!! Good movie.
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Movie Reviews

Highly Entertaining--Great Acting
Craig Clarke | New England | 05/10/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Okay, so Tom Cruise gets a job at a Memphis law firm, right? We've all read the book or seen the movie, so how does one recommend this to one uninitiated?Cruise puts in a solid performance, again playing his guy-who-doesn't-catch-on-for-a-while character he does so well. Sydney Pollack is a great mainstream director, and he pushes all the buttons, as well as giving us a great cast including Gene Hackman, Holly Hunter, Ed Harris, Jeanne Tripplehorn, David Straithairn, Gary Busey, Hal Holbrook, and Wilford Brimley.Top-notch acting all around, with especially good turns by Brimley and Hunter, playing against type. Hackman is always good to watch and he does a terrific job of making Avery Tolar a likeable guy in spite of his faults. I suppose the most amazing job was done by David Straithairn, who, with less than ten minutes of screen time, paints an indelible portrait of Ray McDeere, Cruise's convict brother. He is the most likeable character in the film.The plot is the standard rising-above-conflict stuff. Watch this movie (again) for the performances, or for the fine score from Dave Grusin and try to ignore the changes from the book (which I think were justified in making the ending more cinematic and Hollywood)."
Better than a book!
A. Chopra | 02/16/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Nothing can be better than "The Firm" written by John Grisham, who himself is a lawyer. The attentions to details that Grisham manages to pull are just fantastic. I read the book before watching the movie, and hence can compare and tell that the movie has been directed perfectly and in fact a lot more interesting than the book, as the book gets slow in between, but not the movie.

Cruise's is superb, so are the other actors in this movie. I don't know why people have given negative reviews by comparing it with real life scenarios. This is a movie based on a fiction novel, and as rightly said by one of reviewer here;it does its job by entertaining the audiences.
Read the book
Wendy Linton-Smith | Los Angeles, CA | 01/07/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)

"The book was just so much better that it was hard to get into the movie. I don't think Tom Cruise was best suited for the role. He lacked a maturity even for a young lawyer and his performance was uneven. But the movie looks good and it is entertaining, but if you've read the book you'll find yourself drawing unfavorable comparisons."