The Firm

{4.5/5} “Being a tax lawyer’s got nothing to do with the law. It’s a game. We teach the rich how to play it so they can stay rich. The IRS keeps, uh, changing the rules so we can keep getting rich teaching them.”

The Firm, released in 1993

Mitch is graduating at the top of his law class at Harvard. Firms are making him generous offers, and then one small firm from Memphis tops them all. Mitch likes the family atmosphere, and he doesn’t mind the money. When he starts they keep him very busy, but he also finds that there are some mysterious things going on — including 4 deaths among the lawyers.

Tom Cruise isn’t hanging off an airplane in this movie, but he’s still in a dangerous situation. I’m not sure why I haven’t seen it before — it’s a good one. It will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Stars Tom Cruise and Gene Hackman, and also features Jean Tripplehorn, Ed Harris, Wilford Brimley, and Hal Holbrook. Directed by Sydney Pollack (Random Hearts). The music by Dave Grusin is mostly background-y but becomes interesting at a couple of points.

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