The Firm

Harvard Law School grad, Mitch McDeere, is made an offer he can’t refuse. To recruit Mitch, a prestigious Memphis law firm dangles a lucrative salary, a Mercedes, and paying off his college loans as incentives. Haunted by his humble beginnings and a family secret, Mitch seizes the opportunity. His wife, Abby, is reluctant, however. Mitch soon discovers things seem a bit peculiar. The firm takes an abnormal interest in their employees’ private lives, and Mitch leans that no one ever quits. In fact, the only ones who left the firm died shortly after.

Mitch is contacted by an FBI agent who tells him that the majority of the firm’s clients are Mafia whose money is laundered into offshore accounts. New lawyers at the firm are unaware of the Mafia connection, but they are gradually coerced into the illegal activities and forced to stay. Anyone attempting to leave is murdered. The FBI wants Mitch’s help.

Mitch wants out, but he is being squeezed by the firm, who suspect he may know their secret, and also the FBI, who blackmail him for his assistance. Mitch is unknowingly tied to illegal activities at the firm, and the FBI threatens to have him disbarred if he doesn’t cooperate. To save his law career and escape the firm, Mitch agrees to help the FBI, but he insists that his brother, Ray, who was convicted on trumped-up charges, be released from prison.

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Factual error: American law schools graduate students in mid-May. Tom Cruise and his wife drive from Boston, Mass. to Memphis, Tenn. to take the new job pending the bar exam, which is given in late July. So why during that late Spring/early Summer are autumn leaves falling?

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Trivia: Holly Hunter's role is one of the shortest Oscar nominated performances. She only appears on screen for about six minutes total.

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Question: Storing incriminating mafia files in a "kitchen pantry" at the Firm's Cayman Island bungalow with nothing but a standard door and key lock (instead of a steel vault) to secure them seems risky, inept, and downright unbelievable. Is this how it happened in the book or was it changed for the movie?

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Chosen answer: In the book there were indeed incriminating files stored in the firm's condos in the Cayman Islands. There were two adjoining condos, one for senior partners (where incriminating files were stored) and one for junior partners who weren't yet aware of the firm's organized crime connections.


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