Sydney Pollack

"The Firm" After the disastrous 1990 romantic drama "Havana" -- his final collaboration with Redford -- Pollack returned to form in this solid 1993 legal thriller based on the John Grisham novel. Tom Cruise plays a young Harvard Law School graduate who joins a Memphis, Tenn., law firm after he is seduced by its wealth and perks. But unknown to him, the firm has strong ties with organized crime and the only way to leave is in a body bag. Gene Hackman, Hal Holbrook, Ed Harris and Holly Hunter in her flashy Oscar-nominated role as a secretary who witnesses a murder, also star.
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