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The Firm (1993)

Director:
Sydney Pollack
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Thriller
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Firmaets mann
RUNNING TIME
154 minutes
Producer:
John Davis
Sydney Pollack
Scott Rudin
Screenwriter (based on the novel by John Grisham):
David Rabe
Robert Towne
David Rayfiel


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Mitch McDeere Tom Cruise
Abby McDeere Jeanne Tripplehorn
Avery Tolar Gene Hackman
Tammy Hemphill Holly Hunter
Agent Wayne Tarrance Ed Harris
Oliver Lambert, senior partner Hal Holbrook
Royce McKnight Jerry Hardin
Ray McDeere David Strathairn
Lamar Quinn Terry Kinney
Bill DeVasher Wilford Brimley
Thomas Abanks Sullivan Walker
Eddie Lomax Gary Busey
F. Denton Voyles Steven Hill
Tommy Morolto Paul Sorvino
Joey Morolto Joe Viterelli
The Nordic Man Tobin Bell

 

Review

A film this star-studded both in front of and behind the camera, and with such a big budget, should not be allowed to fail. When it still largely does, it's because the script has a self-destructive way of alternatively over-complicating and resorting to cliches in order to spin an implicit web of danger around our conscientious protagonist. The Firm is not a film about people, but about characters, in which the plot-line is unfolded mechanically in order to reach the next development. The result is a cumbersome film which works mainly on a superficial level, despite Tom Cruise's best effort to carry it. The only real exception to the aforementioned is provided by Gene Hackman, who manages to make his character human in the midst of it all.

Copyright 16.01.2018 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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