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The Firm

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Sydney Pollack

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About the Movie

Three-time Oscar nominee Tom Cruise delivers the most electrifying performance of his career in this riveting film based on the international best-seller. Cruise plays Mitch McDeere, a brilliant and ambitious Harvard Law grad. Driven by a fierce desire to bury his working-class past, Mitch joins a small, prosperous Memphis firm that affords Mitch and his wife (Jeanne Tripplehorn) an affluent lifestyle beyond their wildest dreams. But when FBI agents confront him with evidence of corruption and murder within the firm, Mitch sets out to find the truth in a deadly crossfire between the FBI, the Mob, and a force that will stop at nothing to protect its interests – "The Firm." Directed by Oscar winner Sydney Pollack and starring Oscar winner Gene Hackman plus a magnificent supporting cast, "The Firm" makes its case as the must-see movie of the year.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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75%
  • Reviews Counted: 53
  • Fresh: 40
  • Rotten: 13
  • Average Rating: 6.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: 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. – Vincent Canby, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: 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. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Sep 7, 2011

Fresh: A smooth adaptation of John Grisham's giant bestseller that is destined to be one of the summer's strong audience pleasers. – Todd McCarthy, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Cruise was born to play company man, and the role is an opportunity to sum up his old roles and transcend them with his most potently emotional work. – Joe Brown, Washington Post, May 26, 2008

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Customer Reviews

The Firm

This is one of the best Sydney Pollack movies ever!!! Tom Cruise is flawless in this movie. A great edge-of-your-seat thriller. Just wish I could purchase this movie and not just rent it.

The Firm: Great plot, actors, tension, and MUSIC

Having read at least 6-8 Grisham novels over the years, and seen nearly as many film adaptations, the Firm remains my single favorite Grisham creation in any venue. Blind and naive ambition can lead to becoming trapped by one's aspirations and success, and the film has plenty of organized crime for more intrigue. Genuine suspense and moral dilemma combined with fantastic music for all of it. David Grusin, composer for this film, wrote keyboard blues and ballads (Ray's Blues is my favorite), and hard-driving solo piano mixed with the more rockish for the soundtrack - all very suitable for Memphis, a music capital for decades (longer). Jeanne Tripplehorn is special here, as is the fatalistic and absorbing Gene Hackman. Waited for months for this film to appear on iTunes, and have to wait longer still for ownership. Will wait.

Good but not great.

This movie was interesting but I don't think it was the best John Grisham book-made-movie. The characters just weren't as likable as the ones in the film versions of The Pelican Brief or The Client. And the music score wasn't that great and took away from the suspense a little. The story, on the other hand, was well done and kept me interested from start to finish. If your a big fan of John Grisham then check this one out, just make sure to see some of the other adaptions too.