The Firm is a 1993 American drama film directed by Sydney Pollack. The film is based on the 1991 novel The Firm by author John Grisham. The Firm is one of two films released in 1993 based on a novel by Grisham, the other being The Pelican Brief. Some films about the law oversimplify the legal aspects. A more fundamental difference with the book is the motives and how Mitch solves his predicament. In the book, Mitch acknowledges to himself that he is violating solicitor-client privilege by copying information and giving it to the FBI. In most U.S. states, this privilege applies only to crimes that have already been committed. Privilege does not apply if a lawyer knows that his or her client is committing or will commit a crime. However, it is important to note that solicitor-client privilege is prolific in nature, referring specifically to the information sought during examination for discovery or trial. This is different from the duty of attorney,» which prohibits the disclosure of communications between the lawyer and the client (with exceptions, for example where one client is involved in conduct that is certainly causing physical harm to another). In addition, Mitch must also disclose information about its legitimate customers. He accepts that he will likely no longer be allowed to practice as a lawyer anywhere, and cheats $10 million from the law firm, as well as $1 million of the $2 million promised by the FBI for its cooperation.
After an extensive manhunt involving the police, company lawyers, and hired thugs from the Morolto family, Mitch flees with Abby (and her brother Ray) to the Cayman Islands. Before fleeing, he leaves detailed records of the company`s illegal activities, as well as a recorded statement. Mitch`s information gives federal prosecutors enough evidence to immediately charge half of the firm`s active lawyers, as well as several retired partners. The documents also provide the FBI with evidence of the company`s involvement in money laundering and tax evasion, and thus a likely reason for a search warrant for the building and company records. This additional evidence is enough to crush both the company and the Morolto family with a MASSIVE RICO indictment. The main filming took place from November 9, 1992 to November 20, 1992. It was shot primarily in Memphis, Tennessee, in March 1993, and some scenes were shot in Marion, Arkansas, and the Cayman Islands. Appearance in sydney Pollack`s thriller The Firm (1993). Hunter`s vivid portrait of the inner life of a mute Scottish pianist who moves to New Zealand with her young daughter (played by Anna Paquin) for an arranged marriage in jane campion`s romance The Piano (also in 1993) earned her an Oscar. The film was released when Grisham was at the peak of his popularity. This week, Grisham and Michael Crichton shared the top six pocket spots on the New York Times bestseller list. It opened in 2,393 theaters on June 30, 1993 and landed at number 1 at the box office, grossing $25.4 million on the weekend of July 4.
He stayed on seat #1 at the ticket office for 3 weeks. After 12 weeks in theaters, the film was a huge success, grossing more than $158 million nationally and $111 million internationally ($270 million worldwide).   In addition, it was the highest-grossing R-rated film of 1993 and a film based on a novel by Grisham.  In the film, Mitch apparently lays out a systematic accounting scheme of the law firm in order to preserve the protagonist`s personal integrity, thus widening a rift between the Moroltos (who essentially become Mitch`s accomplices) and his law firm (overbilling was only briefly mentioned in the book). He receives a smaller amount of money from the FBI, which he gives to Ray so he can disappear. Instead of capitalizing on his situation by stealing money from the company, as in the book, McDeere from the film ends up beaten and hurt, but with his integrity and professional ethics intact. Mitch also forces the FBI to work to bring down the company by arguing that any case of excessive billing is a federal offense (due to excessive invoices sent by mail). The volume and frequency meet RICO`s criteria, allowing the FBI to effectively push the company into bankruptcy by confiscating its assets and equipment and freezing its bank accounts. From there, the Moroltos would then have to find another law firm willing to accept them as clients, and if they couldn`t, a fee could be charged for not filing tax returns.
Since Mitch only discovers illegal activities, he can keep his lawyer`s license. The film was released on VHS in December 1993, with the specially blue plastic cassettes. The DVD was released on May 23, 2000. Special features include only the teaser and movie trailers. A Blu-ray edition was released on September 11, 2012. Recovered with the blockbuster The Firm (1993), an effective adaptation of John Grisham`s thriller, starring Tom Cruise as the hunted lawyer.