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Product Details

  • 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: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: May 23, 2000
  • Run Time: 154 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (526 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0792164962
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,585 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Firm" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 2 Theatrical Trailers

Editorial Reviews

Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman, Holly Hunter. A Harvard law school grad happily signs on with a top Memphis law firm, never suspecting the sinister truth behind its gracious exterior. 1993/color/154 min/R/widescreen.

Customer Reviews

One of the best performance by Mr. Tom Cruise.
Chetan V
We've all read the book or seen the movie, so how does one recommend this to one uninitiated?
Craig Clarke
I liked the book very much and I feel that the movie followed it pretty close.
cinosam

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62 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Craig Clarke VINE VOICE on May 10, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
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).
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. Craig on September 6, 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
When I saw this movie many years ago I fell in love with both the simplicity and the complexity of the plot. Based on John Grisham's bestseller and being a person who loves the 'twist' in a story, this was captured beautifully in "The Firm". Excellent acting overall with a number of famous faces including Tom Cruise, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Gene Hackman to name a few. This has to be one of my favourite Cruise movies and is well worth purchasing if you haven't seen it before. The colour on the Blu-ray was superb with only a minor black blotching in one night scene - the rest was perfect. I would rate it 5/5 for picture clarity and 10/10 overall. Well worth buying.
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A. Chopra on February 16, 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Plummie on December 28, 2006
Format: DVD
One of the best things about The Firm, is that it doesn't insult the viewer's intelligence by labouring the point. The film and plot are developed through visuals as well as dialogue. From other reviews here, I gather that viewers used to having film plots spoon-fed to them may find this challenging or confusing, but I prefer it. If necessary, try watching the film twice. It is certainly good enough for a repeat viewing.

I'm not a Tom Cruise fan, nor a John Grisham reader, but this is the kind of role he is well suited to. The supporting cast is excellent, excellent, excellent. The film is well paced and the locations, cinematography and soundtrack all combine to create an enjoyable and suspenseful film.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Ellington VINE VOICE on September 22, 2008
Format: DVD
Legal thrillers rarely satisfy me. It takes a really strong one to peak my interest, hold it and keep me remembering it long after it's through. I guess I just never warmed up to them the way that a lot of movie goers have. That, coupled with the Tom Cruise bug, has kept me away from `The Firm' for some time. I adore Holly Hunter, and her Oscar nomination did make me curious, but as a whole I just wasn't that interested in giving this film a try.

It came on television the other day though, and I had nothing better to do, so I bit.

That said, `The Firm' was actually pretty well done. It was intense when it needed to be, and it contained enough plot twists to keep me interested even after I figured everything out. I will say that some of the plot developments felt a little sticky, especially once Abby and Tammy go all sorts of espionage on the firm, but that aside, the film is quite good.

The film follows Mitch McDeere, a bright lawyer who is being wooed by a prestigious law firm that seems to watch to control everyone around them. Mitch's wife Abby is turned off by this, but Mitch's enthusiasm for the firm and his potential working there outweighs her concerns. Mitch is taken under the wing of Avery Tolar, shown the ropes and given all the perks, and then there is a murder, and then the FBI comes looking for Mitch, to turn him, and he gets an earful, and he starts to dig around and soon all the pieces start to fit together and Mitch realizes that this prestigious firm has some very unorthodox practices that could threaten his marriage, his profession and ultimately his life.

I have never felt Tom Cruise was as talented as he is made out to be.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By drkhimxz on April 26, 2012
Format: DVD
With the help of a first rate cast, Sidney Pollock has given us an exciting, suspenseful and interesting film which should continue to please for years to come. Unlike many of the political thrillers which can last no longer than sharp memory of the event, this 'what lawyers can be' morality play has staying power. It is difficult to pick out any from among the important players for their special quality, but if there is one standout, among superior actors it would have to be Gene Hackman, who exceeds the norm of professionalism he maintained over the years, until age finally retired him to write books. Tom Cruise is suitably heroic while retaining the qualities of a novice lawyer, which is tough when you are noted for being a sexy player.
By this time, I am sure, the reviews have said about all there is to say, therefore, now a dozen years after its release, I can simply add, see it, nothing has aged or become tarnished from use in other films. You should enjoy it.
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