Tom Cruise Legal Drama ‘The Firm’ Revisited 30 Years Later

The Firm, starring Tom Cruise, is one of his most underrated films.

Tom Cruise sitting in a diner in a white shirt and tie.

Released thirty years ago on this day, The Firm” is a standout film in the legal thriller genre. It features an impressive cast and a thrilling plot that captivates audiences. Tom Cruise delivers a gripping performance as Mitch McDeere. He is a Harvard Law School graduate who joins a prestigious law firm, Bendini, Lambert & Locke. The film’s star-studded ensemble cast includes Gene Hackman, Ed Harris, Holly Hunter, Jeanne Tripplehorn, David Strathairn, Hal Holbrook, and Gary Busey.

The plot revolves around McDeere’s entry into the law firm world, lured by its extravagant perks and high salary. However, he soon discovers that the firm has involvement in criminal activities. This forces him to protect himself and his loved ones while navigating a treacherous path. The film garnered significant box office success, grossing over $270 million worldwide. Its success is due to the star power and the enduring popularity of John Grisham’s bestselling novel, which served as the source material.

While “The Firm” largely stays true to the essence of Grisham’s novel, there are notable differences between the two. The film’s ending diverges from the book’s conclusion, offering a more optimistic resolution for McDeere. Despite these alterations, the movie maintains the essence of Grisham’s legal thriller and its suspenseful atmosphere. The expert direction of Sydney Pollack, well-crafted characters, and thrilling plot make it an exhilarating experience from start to finish. Read more News on Nerdtropolis, Subscribe to our Channel, and catch Cruise in the new Mission: Impossible movie.

Sean Tajipour is the Founder and Editor of Nerdtropolis and the host of the Moviegoers Society Podcast. He is also a member of the Critics Choice Association. You can follow on Twitter and Instagram @Seantaj.

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