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The Firm

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Starring: Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman
Director: Sydney Pollack
Rated: R
RunTime: 154 Minutes
Release Date: June 1993
Genres: Drama, Suspense

Review by Steve Rhodes
2½ stars out of 4

[This is one of my golden oldies reviews - written years ago when I was just getting started. I stand by the conclusions, but in most cases many details are missing that I would normally include today.]

I am a BIG John Grisham fan. He is the author of THE FIRM. I liked him so much that I ended up reading all 4 of his books while on vacation in Hawaii in May.

Now, I would give the firm 2 1/2 stars. Only if you have NOT read the book, would I recommend the movie; otherwise, I would say skip it.

I found the movie simple and easy to follow. I thought the casting was just about perfect in that everyone in the show reminded me of the characters from the book. Although granted there were some changes, I thought overall the movie was a good subset of the book. I thought the movie was well directed and edited. The visuals and the sound were nothing special but were okay.

Now, why if I loved the book and I thought this was very similar to the book would I give it only a so-so review? The reason the book was so great was the suspense and the page-turner writing style. After reading the book, there were no surprises. A big ho-hum.

If you have not read the book, you might just love this show. If I had not read the book, I think it might have gotten as high as 3 to 3 1/2 stars from me.

Copyright İ 1996 Steve Rhodes

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