The Firm
First screened in June 1993; most recently screened in August 2011
Director: Sydney Pollack. Cast: Tom Cruise, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Gene Hackman, Hal Holbrook, Holly Hunter, Wilford Brimley, Ed Harris, Terry Kinney, David Strathairn, Tobin Bell, Gary Busey, Sullivan Walker, Karina Lombard, Barbara Garrick, Jerry Hardin, Jerry Weintraub, Margo Martindale, Paul Calderon, Lou Walker, Paul Sorvino, Joe Viterelli. Screenplay: David Rabe, Robert Towne, and David Rayfiel (based on the novel by John Grisham).

Twitter Capsule: Uneven direction, and Cruise can't signal moral complicity, but eerie hush, etherized milieu yield good moments. Hackman!

VOR:   Time capsule from Grisham's and Cruise's cultural dominance, but not particularly noteworthy as filmmaking. Forgettable, even.

Photo © 1993 Paramount Pictures

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: C+

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Supporting Actress: Holly Hunter
Best Original Score: Dave Grusin

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